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How a Palestinian Female Soccer Player Started a Movement


From a battle zone to a FIFA boardroom, Honey Thaljieh finds her path.

Honey Thaljieh grew up in a battle zone. One day, on the streets of Israeli-occupied Bethlehem, she passed a group of boys playing soccer. By chance, they passed her the ball. Soon, Thaljieh discovered that she was a gifted athlete. But more than that, soccer became Thalijeh’s path to freedom and dignity. It took her to Europe and the United States, where she saw young people playing on manicured fields and living in peaceful conditions. In 2003, Thaljieh helped found the Palestinian Women’s National Football Team. She was named its first captain. Now retired from competition, Thaljieh works as a manager of corporate communications for FIFA.

About The Long Game:  On The Long Game, we highlight stories of courage and conviction on and off the field. From athletes who are breaking barriers for women and girls to a Syrian refugee swimmer who overcame the odds to compete at the Paralympics, The Long Game examines the power of sport to change the world for the better. The Long Game is hosted by Olympic medalist and change agent Ibtihaj Muhammad as she guides the series around the globe to meet athletes who are fighting for change.  See All Episodes

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