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Topic - Connie Selby
As members of one of the first international women's sports squads from the oil-rich, predominantly Islamic Persian Gulf nation the United Arab Emirates, the women on the national soccer team epitomize the state of female athletes across the Middle East: competitive neophytes, cultural trailblazers, navigating both the fields of play and a larger social shift from traditional gender roles to modern, Western-style equality.
"These girls are pioneers," said Connie Selby, the United Arab Emirates women's coach and a former Australian national soccer coach and captain. "I was the same thing for Australia. It's a challenge. But the ball is starting to roll a bit faster."
"It's a little more difficult because of the culture," Ms. Selby said. "But there's ways around that if we do it the diplomatic way."