ATLETICO MAMACHAS

PERU

In 2004, FIFA President Sepp Blatter suggested that female footballers “wear tighter shorts and low-cut shirts ... to create a more female aesthetic.” The tip never reached the Peruvian Andes, where 40,000 peasant women play football wearing their traditional skirts and hats. Since 2007, the annual Mamacha National Championship has awarded winning women’s teams with a trophy and sacks of rice and sugar.

With footballers’ ages ranging from 15 to 40, Mamacha footballers decide who plays and who sits on the bench not by athletic performance, but by drawing straws.