No Girls Allowed

I was surprised recently when I read that the percentage of soccer players in Brazil who are female comes in at a paltry 1%.  That's a small fraction of the 2 million registered soccer players in the country (according to a 2006 FIFA global survey, the most recent study on women's participation that could be found) and a shockingly low number, in a country that's known for it's love of the game.  The number seems especially low given 53% of the Brazil's viewership during the 2010 Cup were women. In a country that lives, breathes and eats by the sport, it's surprising to see that "No Girls Allowed" when it comes to playing the game.

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