Transgender soccer player makes history
March 2, 2013 7:29 AM Subscribe
In November of 2011, Jaiyah Saelua
, a center back for American Samoa, became the first transgendered individual to participate in a World Cup qualifier.
Jaiyah is a Fa'afafine
, a recognized third gender in Samoan culture that consists of individuals born biologically male but who identify as women. She helped her team, previously best known for losing 31-0
to Australia, to its first ever win.