Under the Lights and in the Dark

Under the Lights and in the Dark

Untold Stories of Women's Soccer

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Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer takes an unprecedented look inside the lives of professional soccer players around the world – from precarious positions in underfunded teams and leagues, to sold-out stadiums and bright lights. Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Gwendolyn Oxenham tells the stories of the phenoms, underdogs, and nobodies – players willing to follow the game wherever it takes them.

Under the Lights and in the Dark takes us inside the world of women’s soccer, following players across the globe, from Portland Thorns star Allie Long, who trains in an underground men’s league in New York City; to English national Fara Williams, who hid her homelessness from her teammates while playing for the English national team. Oxenham takes us to Voronezh, Russia, where players battle more than just snowy pitches in pursuing their dream of playing pro, and to a refugee camp in Denmark, where Nadia Nadim, now a Danish international star, honed her skills after her family fled from the Taliban.

Whether you’re a newcomer to the sport or a die-hard fan, this is an inspiring book about stars’ beginnings and adventures, struggles and hardship, and, above all, the time-honored romance of the game.


California-based writer Gwendolyn Oxenham presents an insider’s look at women’s soccer, following players across the world, like Allie Long and Amy Rodriguez, everywhere from Siberia to Portland.

Publisher: London :, Icon Books,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781785783197
Characteristics: xiii, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations ; 20 cm

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