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New Book on Women Who Fought for the Right to Play Soccer

A new book has been released covering the struggles of women to play recreational soccer in the United States.

Vienna, VA, March 24, 2018 --( A newly published book, "Kicking Grass Taking Games," tells the story of adult women fighting for their right to play soccer in the United States. The passage of Title IX in 1972 heralded a sea change in sports as girls flooded the soccer fields across the country. Women born too early to receive the full benefits of Title IX refused to stay on the sidelines. They took to the field to play soccer and discovered a new passion that has endured into their fifties, sixties, and beyond.

“Some people think women are not competitive after they’ve had kids or when they are older,” said one player. “We’re super-competitive. We’re out there clawin’ and scratchin’ and winnin’. The fire is still there. It never leaves.”

The book explores the challenges of learning the game, establishing teams and leagues, and becoming coaches, referees, and administrators in the male-dominated soccer establishment.

"Kicking Grass Taking Games" is available in paperback or e-book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other stores.

About the Author
Maddi Davidson is the pen name of sisters Mary Ann and Diane Davidson. They currently live in Idaho and Virginia and enjoy skiing, surfing, biking, and hiking. Diane has played soccer for over three decades.
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