Hustle Rule: The Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer

Hustle Rule: The Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer

From Santos, Brazil to Queens New York; from Lagos, Nigeria to Adelaide, Australia, we take you inside the lives of dreamers – of women’s soccer players willing to risk everything for a game. These are stories of far-flung adventures, of heartbreak, endurance, and joy – in unequal doses. HUSTLE RULE is about finding something you love and doing whatever it takes to keep it – no matter what. Hosted by Hannah Waddingham. Based on the book Under the Lights and in the Dark, by Gwendolyn Oxenham.


July 28, 2022 49 mins

This is the final episode in our series. In Act 1, Shapeshifters, we look at the generations of women who had no pro league to play in: what’s it like to be a 22-year-old who has to completely start over? They go on to become rocket scientists, CEOs, and big-time music supervisors. In Act 2, Side-Hustlers, we look at the early generations who did have a pro league to play in, but had to scrap and hustle at side jobs to make it work...

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Come with us to the most futebol-mad country in all the world, as we follow the trail of the magicians, some you may have heard of – and some you haven’t. We’ll head to Santos FC, where 1000 girls from all over the country show up to the open tryout, dreaming of playing for the most storied club in Brazilian history: the land of the King, Pele, and now the Queen: Marta.

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This is the story of Nadia Nadim – a professional soccer player, a soon-to-be surgeon, a daughter, a sister, a niece, and an Afghan refugee… and, above all else, a kid who loved to play football. In this episode, we'll meet the family who just won’t quit, including Diana, Nadia’s sister and a champion boxer, and Aryana Sayeed, Nadia’s aunt and Afghanistan's most famous singer who has taken her fight for the rights of Afghan...

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July 7, 2022 36 mins

At the national team level, countries have ever-deepening talent pools; it’s harder and harder to hold onto your spot. If you get pregnant, that means months on the sideline while a young, hungry replacement is playing in your stead. The mothers who do go for it often face major doubt: it’s dicey to take a chance on a player undergoing both a gigantic physical transformation and a shift in priorities. This is the story of two moms ...

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In this episode, we head to underground leagues in New York - to cutthroat games with high stakes, mega talent, big crowds, and cash prizes…where Allie Long plays against the men. This will be her proving ground. Her dream? To make the U.S. women’s national team. She is at an age when many players begin to retire. Will she get called up? Or will she, like so many of the men she plays with, be someone who just missed?

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June 23, 2022 45 mins

This is the story of a semi-pro team in North Carolina that believes homosexuality is a sin - and the effect this belief has on its gay players. This is also the story of another team, 130-miles down the road: the Asheville City Blues, a team owned and coached by gay women and rainbow-loving allies who believe you can love whoever you want to love. The rivalry between these two teams is about more than just the queers playing again...

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June 23, 2022 44 mins

When the scout knocked on the door of Josephine Chukwunonye’s one-room home in Lagos, Nigeria, her father told him to leave. But Josephine (aka Alinco) pleaded – “Dad, if you don’t let me play, I will die” – until her father gave in. When she told her mother that one day she would use her soccer earnings to build her family a house, her mother laughed: “Child, that doesn’t happen for girls.” But Alinco kept dreaming anyway: at nigh...

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