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ESPN Video: Haiti Women’s Soccer U17

You've got to see this powerful ESPN video about the Haiti Women's U17 team and their quest to play in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. You'll get a real feeling what it's like to be on the team and the power that soccer has on motivating the girls even after the devastating January 2010 earthquake.

Surrounded by the rubble of thousands of tons of concrete and with a loss of parents, siblings, friends and coaches, the girls decide to keep playing to show the world their strength and determination.

ESPN Haiti Women's Soccer U17 Team Video


Warning – Video contains graphic images from January 12, 2010 earthquake.

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Haitian heroines bring hope to a nation

(from, March 9, 2010)

Haiti’s young female footballers are showing the way forward for their grief-stricken compatriots. Less than two months after the massive earthquake that brought devastation to the country, a group of intrepid Haitian youngsters are getting ready to pull on the national jersey and fight it out with the rest of the CONCACAF Zone for a place at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010.

Read the entire story at

U17 Girls – ESPN Post

Haiti Women’s Soccer Team – With their country devastated by an earthquake that killed thousands, including their coach, the Haitian Under 17 Women’s soccer team had to regroup to train and prepare for a tournament that would qualify the team for the U17 FIFA World Cup. Lisa Salters followed the team’s courageous effort that fell short when they were eliminated from contention.

“It’s one of the most difficult stories I’ve ever had to work on,” said Salters. “We spent three weeks with those girls. When they didn’t win, for them, it’s not just the team is over, it’s now we go back to our life. And we went back (to Haiti) and saw what they went back to and that is sleeping on the streets, with no food. It was just awful. It’s like soccer could have saved them, and it didn’t.”