Goals for Girls

In Buenos Aires most infamous slum, rules are being broken: girls dare to play football.

goals for girls a story of women with balls

Goals for Girls: A Story of Women with Balls investigates the ignored world of women´s football in Argentina. The women of Villa 31 and players from different backgrounds reveal that family prejudices combined with complete abandonment by local authorities conspire against the development of a sport that has grown worldwide. These players have to fight on and off the field to ensure that the words of the President of FIFA come true: “The future of football belongs to women.”

This 75-minute film delves into these themes using first hand testimony supported by experts, interspersed with sequences following characters as they train in and outside of the shantytown. Focusing on family prejudice, the representation of women in the media, life in shanty towns and the importance of sport as a human right, follow the remarkable journey of these girls and their coach Monica Santino to reach the Homeless World Cup in Brazil. Directors Ginger Gentile and Gabriel Balanovsky interview sports journalists, mothers, male fans, female players from all backgrounds and the Argentine Football Association to shed light on the prejudice that many women face when they try to play a male dominated sport.

Perfect for students and researchers of the following areas of academic interest: Latin American Studies, Communication Studies, Ethnic Studies, Film & Media Departments, Gender Studies, Multicultural Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Argentinean Spanish Language schools, and Spanish schools.



Acquired by the following educational institutions:

Alma College, Amherst College, Arizona State University, Assumption College, Auburn University, Bard College, Bryant University, California State University – Channel Islands, Colby Sawyer College, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Columbia University, Concordia College, Connecticut College, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, Denison University, DePaul University, Dickinson College, Dominican University, Duke University, Eastern Illinois University, Emory University, Evergreen State College, Fairfield College, Furman College, Hamline University, Hofstra University, Indiana State University, Indiana University – Bloomington, Indiana University – Purdue, Lafayette College, Linfield College, Luther College, Marquette University, Mercyhurst University, Monmouth University, Mount Hood Community College, Muhlenberg College, New York University, North Central College, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Rice University, Simon Fraser University, South Oregon University, Stanford University, SUNY College at Brockport, Swarthmore College, Temple University, Texas Lutheran University, UCLA, Union College, Université Laval, University of Albany, University of Arizona, University of British Colombia, University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Delaware, University of Denver, University of Fraser Valley, University of Illinois – Champain, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, University of Michigan, University of New England, University of New Mexico, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, University of North Carolina – Wilmington, University Of Northern Colorado, University of Rochester, University of Texas – Austin, University of Tulsa, University of Victoria, University of Virginia – Wise, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Victoria, Utica College, Wake Forest University, Washington and Lee University, Western Governors University, Westmont College, Wheaton College, and Yakima Valley College.


Offering a reminder of the global nature of gender inequalities in sports, this is recommended” K. Fennessey: Video Librarian: Vol 30. The Video Review Magazine for Libraries – 3 out of 4 stars

Director Ginger Gentile is in the US and available for Skype and in person talks about her film. She has spoken at UCLA and SUNY Brokport.


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