For 8-year-old Mili Hernandez, soccer isn't something she just plays- she dominates on the field. She has been playing since she was 5, so she has had a lot of practice. She is so good she plays on the 11-year-old team, even though she is only 8.
Mili has been playing soccer for years and is part of the Azzuri Cachorros Chicas club team in Omaha.
Her team played 3 games at the Springfield Soccer Club tournament on Friday and Saturday and were scheduled to play in the semi-finals on Sunday.
However, Mili and her team never made it to the field.
Coach Mario Torres got a call from an organizer of the tournament on Sunday morning informing him Mili was listed as a boy on the roster. That meant that Mili and the entire team were disqualified from the tournament.
"I was mad," said Mili. "There was no point in everybody getting kicked out."
After Mili's dad arrived at the field with multiple forms of identification proving his daughter was in fact a girl, it didn't change the situation.
"We showed them all different types of IDs," Alina Hernanderz, Mili's sister, told KMTV. "The president of the tournament said that they had made their decision and he wouldn't change it. Even though we had an insurance card and documentation that showed she is a female."
Someone had complained that the winning soccer team had a boy playing- a short haired little girl, Mili.
"They just weren't listening," said Mili. "They said I looked like a boy. My brother says it's only because of my looks. So when they look at me they think I'm a boy but I'm really not."
It was believed that the roster contained a typo about Mili's gender but the situation was handled inappropriately.
"We had already paid to play, we had already played three games – why was this not resolved before the semi-finals?" asked Torres. "Even if it was a mistake, they did not need to humiliate her or kick the entire team off the field."
The team filed a complaint with the Nebraska State Soccer Association to try and get some justice.
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