Nebraska soccer association apologizes to girl

A girls' soccer tournament reportedly disqualified a team because an 8-year-old player "looks like a boy".

The team had advanced through the first two days of the Springfield Soccer Invitational, only to find out the morning of the tournament's final day that they had been disqualified for letting a boy play on a girls team. However, even when the team's coach offered an insurance card that showed she was a girl, the president of the tournament upheld the disqualification and booted the whole team from the tournament.

Mili Hernandez, 8 year old female soccer player seen in undated photo released by WOWT NBC in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., June 6, 2017.

Hernandez will only grow in confidence by the support of the soccer community, including the below video from USWNT legend Abby Wambach and an invitation from none other than the "GOAT", Mia Hamm, to attend a soccer camp as her guest.

"She was crying after they told us", Gerardo Hernandez said of his daughter.

"She was ready to play, " he said.

Hamm has invited Mili to one of her soccer camps.

For Hernandez's grooming preferences, Springfield Soccer Club's Girls Tournament organizers disqualified the team before they were able to take the field. They made it to the finals on Sunday before the club disqualified them.




But the tournament organizers said Mili's looks did not influence their decision.

"They only did it because I look like a boy", Mili told WOWT News.

According to WOWT, the Hernandez family were told that they can file an appeal to the Nebraska State Soccer association to challenge the disqualification.

"Mili, don't EVER let anyone tell you that you aren't flawless just as you are. i won championships with short hair". The girl wears her hair cut short. The Springfield Soccer Association tells the station that a misprint in the team's roster identified Mili as a boy in "violation of state and tournament rules" and her appearance wasn't an issue.

As for Mili's hair, the reason she keeps it short is simple.

The state soccer association says it did not oversee the Springfield tournament but will work directly with clubs and tournament officials to ensure nothing like this happens again.

However, she won't let it stop her from playing.

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