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Soccer Phenom Sues Women’s League Over Minimum Playing Age (2)

May 5, 2021, 3:07 PMUpdated: May 5, 2021, 6:43 PM

A 15-year-old athletic prodigy named Olivia Moultrie sued the National Women’s Soccer League in an Oregon federal court, claiming it’s violating antitrust laws and flouting international norms by barring girls under 18 from playing professionally in the U.S.

“Ms. Moultrie would be eligible to play” in Major League Soccer if she were male and “in France if she were French,” the complaint says. “Ms. Moultrie is in the wrong country, and the wrong gender, to take advantage of her soccer precocity. And illegally so.”

An NWSL spokesperson told Bloomberg Law on Wednesday that the league is in the middle of ...