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Children on Staten Island, N.Y., playing soccer. U.S. Soccer says it strongly urges all youth leagues around the country to follow the guidelines. Hilton Flores/Staten Island Advance/Landov hide caption

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In this photo from July 13, 2011, Abby Wambach celebrates scoring her side's second goal during a semifinal match against France at the Women's World Cup in Germany. Wambach, the leading career scorer, male or female, in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer today. Martin Meissner/AP hide caption

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Soccer buddies Lahis Maria Ramos Veras, 14 (left), and Milena Medeiros dos Santos, 16, don't let taunts keep them from playing. Lahis goes by the nickname "Lala." Lianne Milton for NPR hide caption

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Mean Boys Can't Keep Girls Off The Soccer Field: #15Girls

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Fans of Beitar Jerusalem, often known as La Familia, hold up scarves during a match against Bnei Sakhnin at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. With a reputation for aggression and racist behavior, La Familia has come under the scrutiny of city leaders. Nir Elias/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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To Prevent Aggression Off The Pitch, Jerusalem Takes Aim At Teams' Purses

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Members of the Mexico team celebrate a 4-2 win against the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., June 25, 2011. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Carlos Alfaro, 19, practices with a soccer ball before a match in New York City. Some members of his youth soccer team are set to meet with Pope Francis in September. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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Through Soccer, Teen Migrants Rebuild Lives And Get Chance To Meet Pope

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The night before the NBA exhibition game, two South African teams faced off in Johannesburg. Hoops aren't exactly a huge draw in the soccer-loving country. Attendance was about 1,000. Don Boroughs for NPR hide caption

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