Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 24, 1975 · Page 138
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August 24, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 138

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Women's soccer is big in Texas. Here the fast Da//as Soccer Widows and the Piano Ladies put on an exhibition. They say they play for fun and exercise; some say it even helps their marriages. I love tobacco. ^B -^Bi^ ^^-^^ ·^^·^·B -^^ -^^ ^^^^ -^r t smoke. (J · UJ D £ 14 If I'm a guy who loves tobacco, how come I never take a puff? Wellj because I use "smokeless tobacco." All it takes is a pinch of ."smokeless" in between my cheek and gum. Feels real re- laxin' in there; And I get full, rich tobacco pleasure. Another thing is, "smokeless tobacco" catft tie up my hands. So I can use it no matter what I'm doing. If you'd like to go "smokeless," here's what you do. Just look for three great brands. There's Skoal, my favorite, which has a wintergreen taste. Copenhagen, a straight tobacco. And Happy Days Mint. All three dated for freshness. They'll each give you the tobacco pleasure you're looking for. For a free booklet that explains how to get the full enjoyment of "smokeless tobacco" -as well as a few free pinches that you can try for yourself-write to "Smokeless Tobacco," United States tobacco Company, Dept P88, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830. by Theodore Irwin DALLAS, TEX. M ore and more American women have a new goal in life --a soccer goal. They've taken up the fastest-growing team sport in the country with an enthusiasm and zest --not to mention a deftness of footwork--that have impressed veteran observers of this once all-male pastime. "I'm not saying they could run Pele off the field," says one long-time fan, referring to the Brazilian star who recently joined the New York Cosmos team of the North American Soccer League. "But there's nothing frivolous about the way they play, either. They're serious and aggressive and sometimes they get real wild." The objective of soccer, a game with 11 to a side, is to propel a ball between goalposts without the use of the hands. ~ It calls for speed, quickness and durability, all of which the women players seem to be providing in abundance. In a recent match of the North Texas Women's Amateur Soccer League, one of the new organizations springing up all over the country, the girls even displayed one of the traditional characteristics of male soccer players--a refusal to come in out of the rain. - The game was played on a suburban recreation field, de-. spite tornado and flash-flood warnings, by two deteVmined teams from the Dallas-Fort Worth area who churned through mud and pools of water as they attempted to boot the ball into goal nets barely visible through a driving sain. The game finally ended in a 2-2 tie. The alternative would have been a sodden-death overtime. Says Mrs.Vurlene Smith, red-headed League commissioner: "We had six teams during our spring season, competing Sunday afternoons for eight weeks. This fall we're adding six more teams, and we'll have a 10-week season. Women are clamoring to join us. Most of us have husbands, sons or daughters who play the game, and we don't want to be soccer-widows or soccer-mothers. Women, too, want the fun and excitement. Soccer has become a family sport." Average age: 35 The North Texas Women's Amateur Soccer League requires its players to be at least 24, although each team is allowed two members as young as 18. The average age is 35. Most are suburban housewives, but there also are secretaries, teachers, sales clerks and a market researcher. Since the game demands all sorts of skills, there's no standard physique. Players range in weight from jess than 100 up to 180 pounds, and there's room for the small, alert types as well as the hefty ones. Women's soccer differs little from men's. The playing field is a bit shorter, and each half runs 30 minutes, instead of 45. The rules are the same, except that women are permitted to cross arms over the chest for protection against a hard-kicked ball. The players also are urged to wear a good support bra. One awkward mishap occurred during a game when a large- bosomed forward broke a bra strap. Nothing in the rules covers such a plight, so she ran for her bench while a substitute took over. Uniforms are conventional--knee socks, colorful shirts and shorts, soccer shoes. "We do like a feminine touch," - admits Judi Brooks, whose club, the Mesquite Butterflies, wears a butterfly insignia--designed by her husband.

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