Laura Pigatin is a young 14-year-old player, but she is very serious and wholeheartedly dedicated to achieving her dream of becoming a professional soccer player. She practices very hard football and futsal (indoor soccer). Since São Carlos doesn’t have any women’s football teams of their age, she has to play in a men’s soccer team.
In 2016, Laura was banned from competing in the São Paulo State Championships because this tournament was for men only. Finally, thanks to the efforts of Laura’s parents, she was able to compete fairly. But that victory also faded away quickly.In 2017, Laura was once again banned from playing in the second phase of the tournament.
Laura is very sad because she helped the team to the top of the rankings in the first stage, but did not play in the second stage to help the team become the champion of the tournament.
Lack of attention
From the 1980s of the last century up to now, Brazilian women’s football has been lacking interest. Even in 2013, the Brazilian Women’s Football Championship organized by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) was revived, but the top teams were still short of money. The salary of female players is so low that they have to find more jobs.
The Rio Preto Esport Club is one of the top women’s football clubs in the country and won the championship in 2015. However, the team did not have a professional coaching group so that the most experienced players had to lead the team. Poor facilities: the training ground has no grass and is full of ants, the players have to share a dorm of which 5 people share a room, the monthly salary is 1,500 real (about 460 USD), not enough for the player to cover life.