In Mexico, female soccer players take centre stage to break gender stereotypes
Elda Cervantes has practised taekwondo and soccer since she was five years old. By the time she was 16, she was playing professional soccer in Mexico, at a time when there was no dedicated efforts to secure equal recognition or benefits for female players. Today, the 27-year-old plays for Mexico’s National Soccer 7 Team (7-person indoor soccer), and was selected for the 2018 Football 7 Women’s Copa America in Peru, where she was the top scorer.
Like many other female athletes, Cervantes has had to fight discrimination throughout her sporting career.