As the Women’s World Cup quickly approaches and the best athletes in the world prepare to take the field, we wanted to turn our focus to the future of the sport. Through a series of photographs, #GameFace aims to capture the raw human potential in a crop of rising young soccer stars. Wildfang teamed up with photographer, mom, and talented athlete in her own right, Andrea Corradini, to shoot 14 young athletes ages 5-14 at their most authentic moment—right before they stepped out onto the pitch. The photographs below show each girl exactly as they are: powerful, competitive, and totally badass. We think you’ll agree, the future of the game is in good hands.
Teammates call me… FIERCE.
“Cheetahs are my favorite animal—they’re almost as fast as I am.”
Teammates call me… COMPETITIVE.
“I’m super good at juggling the soccer ball—my record is 1,065.”
Teammates call me… FAST.
“When I grow up, I want to be an architect and a professional soccer player.”
Teammates call me… TALENTED.
“I’m way better than the boys in my class at math.”
Teammates call me… FIESTY.
“I’m the only girl on my flag football team. Our team name is ‘Jane and the Boys.'”
Teammates call me… TOUGH.
“I speak French—I’m even better than my mom!”
Teammates call me… A JOKESTER.
“I’m always telling jokes because I love to make people laugh.”
Teammates call me… STRONG.
“All the boys at school are afraid of me ’cause I do jiu-jitsu.”
Teammates call me… AWESOME.
“I have a dog called Trees and I’m a really fast runner.”
Teammates call me… RELENTLESS.
“My favorite song is Fancy by Iggy Azalea. I do an awesome Iggy.”
Teammates call me… GOOFY.
“When I want to chill out, I usually doodle while listening to music.”
Teammates call me… MIGHTY.
“My nickname on my team is Beast.”
Teammates call me… INDEPENDENT.
“Music gets my mind and heart into the game and inspires me to do more.“
Teammates call me… A BALLER.
“My coach is my hero. He can see the potential in me that other’s can’t and he always pushes me.”