NSAA Will Investigate Gender Flap

Omaha, Nebraska. – Nebraska’s State Soccer Association is launching an investigation into the Mili Hernandez gender flap.

According to Mili’s family, their eight-year-old daughter was disqualified from a recent soccer tournament because she looks like a boy.

But Casey Mann, who runs the soccer association, has determined that a typo listing Mili as a boy was the real reason for the disqualification.

Furthermore, in a statement to Telemundo Nebraska, Mann says:

“While Nebraska State Soccer does not organize or regulate these local tournaments, it does sanction them so, once we learned of these regrettable actions by tournament officials and conducted an initial inquiry, we suspended the sanctioning of the Springfield Invitational at this time until a detailed review can be conducted and proper steps taken by the event to ensure that the errors that led to this issue are resolved.”

Mili’s coach, Mario Fuentes says that her disqualification is more than an simple clerical error and can have a lasting impact on Mili and the team.

“As a coach, I now have to ensure that her teammates do not begin to make fun of her and can lead to bullying,” says Fuentes.

Fuentes says Mili should not have to carry a birth certificate with her to prove she is a girl since that information is provided prior to the games., at registration.

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Background from Casey Mann and his complete statement are provided below:

Background

  • On June 3, tournament officials disqualified an all-girls team from a soccer tournament in Springfield for incorrectly listing a member of the team as “male” on their roster in violation of tournament rules
  • Despite initial media reports, according to tournament officials, the team was not disqualified due to physical appearances but rather because of incorrect paperwork submitted
  • While Nebraska State Soccer does not organize or regulate these local tournaments, it does sanction them so, once we learned of these regrettable actions by tournament officials and conducted an initial inquiry, we suspended the sanctioning of the Springfield Invitational at this time until a detailed review can be conducted and proper steps taken by the event to ensure that the errors that led to this issue are resolved
  • Nebraska State Soccer has been a leader throughout the state of Nebraska in the promotion of youth sports and opportunities for all, through all of our various programs.
  • We will continue in our efforts to promote the game of soccer for everyone and to use the game as an avenue to teach awareness, respect for others, and inclusivity.

 Statement 

Since its inception, Nebraska State Soccer, which was founded on the values of teamwork and inclusion, has been committed to providing opportunities to play the game of soccer to children of all races, classes, gender, abilities and interests. We are proud that our programs have provided pathways to scholarships and regional and national opportunities through programs such as our Olympic Development Program (ODP), our National Championship Series, our Player Development Program, TOPSoccer, as well as coaching education and club support of all varieties and levels.

 

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