Mili Hernandez is an 8 year old girl from Omaha, Nebraska. This past weekend in Springfield, NE, a suburb of the Omaha Metro, Mili lead her 11 and under soccer team, the Azzuri Cochorros to the finals of the Springfield Soccer Club girls Tournament. Before the girls had kicked off the championship game, Hernandez and her teammates were notified that they were being disqualified because tournament officials thought she was a boy.
This is a tough one. Being completely objective, she does look like a boy and I could understand why some parents might have there doubts. But after providing validation of her gender to tournament officials proving she was in fact a girl, Mili should no question have been allowed to play.
When contacted by local media, the Springfield Soccer Club declined comment.