Women’s soccer is a growing sport. The first FIFA World Cup was held in 1930. But it wasn’t until 1991 that women got the chance to participate. This year, Canada will host the seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup. Women from all over the world will show off their skills including some very talented Latina players. Here are some of the women creating buzz and names you are sure to hear a lot.
Marta Vieira da Silva – Brazil
This 5 time FIFA World Player of the Year has played for the Brazil national team since 2002. Marta plays as forward and is at the top of the Women’s World Cup goal scorer list. She was drafted to play for a professional league at the age of 14 and has managed to make herself internationally renowned since then.
Charlyn Corral – Mexico
Charlyn will be playing for the Mexican national team in her second World Cup. She is relatively new to the cup scene, but she no stranger to soccer. She began playing for the Mexico Under-21 team at the age of 14. The striker was recently signed to a Finnish senior team in 2014.
Cecilia Santiago – Mexico
Celcilia is only 20, but is already working on her second World Cup. She made her debut during the 2011 World Cup as the youngest goalkeeper ever. Speaking of new faces, Cecilia just began her senior club career in 2010 and has played for two club teams since. Her success at record-breaking young ages has caused sports fans to take notice, and she still has room for several more World Cups.
Cristiane Rozeira – Brazil
Cristiane began playing as a forward for the Brazil national team in 2006. This will be the 29-year-olds fourth World Cup. At the club level, she has played for six different countries. She has scored over 70 goals during her career and holds the record as the woman to score the fastest hat trick in Olympic history.
Yoreli Rincon – Colombia
Yoreli joined the Colombian national team in 2010 and is working on her second World Cup. No stranger to competition the midfielder has played for six club teams since age 12. She impressed soccer fans recently with her performance at the 2014 Copa America by coming out as their top goal scorer.
Gloriana Villalobos – Costa Rica
This Costa Rican midfielder is only 15, but has been playing for a club team since 2012. Last year, was a big one for Gloriana. She joined the senior national team and scored a goal that helped Costa Rica’s national team move up the qualification ranks to the World Cup.
Vanessa Arauz – Ecuador
Vanessa isn’t actually a player, but she is the coach of Ecuador’s women’s national team. At only 26 years old, she spent the last few years quickly working her way up the coaching ladder. She is the first woman to graduate with a coaching degree in Ecuador. She is outspoken about the lack of respect for women in soccer in Ecuador and how that only feeds her desire to succeed.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup starts in June, so you still have time to find your favorite team. No matter who you root for, you’ll be supporting some very talented women.