Under the lights and in the dark takes us inside the world of womens soccer following players across the globe from portland thorns star allie long who trains in an underground mens league in new york city to english national fara williams who hid her homelessness from her teammates while playing for the english national team. Under the lights and in the dark untold stories of womens soccer by gwendolyn oxenham under the lights and in the dark untold stories of womens 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 . In 2004 journalist and award winning documentary maker gwendolyn oxenham played futebol feminino for santos fc brazil the team hitchhiked to practice shared their field with a horse and wore hand me downs from the mens team. Gwendolyn oxenhams under the lights and in the dark untold stories of womens soccer has the brisk pace and storytelling to match but the books true virtues are in its complexities and portrayals of the players whose lives are interesting both on and off the field. And like friday night lights or seabiscuit under the lights and in the dark does just that this work is truly a testament to womens soccer and women in sports it is also a fun story for both sports fans and plain old readers alikea startlingly good book
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