M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. Tsk, tsk USA Basketball ('cause I KNOW them must have given the copy an once over.) Please do your part to stop the marginalization of the girls who play for USA Basketball. The USA Women's U18 National Team (3-0) hit a record-tying 31 free throws and received double-figure point creation Aleksandra Marinkovic from eight players as the Americans rolled past Puerto Rico (0-3), 108-44, on June 25 in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

For decades the ban focused mainly on football stadiums (the hottest sport in Iran), but girls were permitted to congregate and watch matches in public squares, which became popular during the 2010 World Cup. Before the EURO Cup, in 2012, Iran extended the prohibition to include volleyball and wrestling matches and any area or stadium. Ever since then, women and men have been prohibited from viewing matches collectively in public spaces, cafes, or restaurants. To bar women from stadiums in a sports-loving nation like Iran is a questionnaire of exclusion so perverse that it's propelled much activity. Days afterwards, deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmad declared that Iran would allow girls into stadiums.

Fadhila Hajji is proud to have played a leading role in making competitive football a reality for Irish Muslim women in their own teens and early 20s. Hardline clerics insist that it is not appropriate to have women at matches, where they would unnecessarily be mixing with men outside their families, where short pants are worn by the male players, and there is commonly vulgar language and behavior where, the clerics say. However, non-Iranian women are allowed to support visiting teams in Iran, and have attended matches—one of the things that has made the prohibition more unbearable for those subject to it.