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These Indigenous Women In Peru Are Training For A Local Soccer Tournament And They Look So Cool

Indigenous Aymara women in Peru's mountainous city of Puno are setting time aside from farming to play soccer in their flowing skirts.

Indigenous Aymara women in Peru’s mountainous city of Puno are setting time aside from farming to play soccer in their flowing skirts.

Living at almost 2,800 meters above sea level, the women are training to compete in the Santa Cruz football tournament organized by the Catholic Church.

Images and videos show the women in long braids and traditional long, multi-layered “pollera” skirts on the pitch.

Between scoring goals and dribbling the ball, the women say the sports helps them to temporarily forget about their daily troubles.

Some players are as old as 40 years old and have played for years.

The women said they tend to learn by watching famous soccer players.

“I like Messi. We have also learned how to play by watching him on TV,” soccer player Ninfa Mamami said. “I haven’t seen him playing in person, but on TV I see that he plays well.”

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