Jaiyah Saelua

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Jaiyah Saelua
Date of birth July 19, 1988
Place of birth Leone, Samoa
Nationality American Samoan
Gender identity fa'afafine[1]
Occupation Footballer

Jaiyah T. Saelua is an American Samoan international football player. She is a member of the American Samoa national football team. Saelua is a fa'afafine, a gender found in Polynesian culture. She is the first openly transgender player to compete in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Saelua is featured in the 2014 documentary Next Goal Wins. A feature film version of Next Goal Wins is planned. The film will feature Kaimana, an actor who is also a fa'afafine, as Saelua, and will be directed by Taika Waititi.[2][3][4][5]

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« I'm not a male or a female, I'm a soccer player.[6] »

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  1. Bjerkevoll, Ola (10 July 2019). "INTERVIEW: American Samoa's Nicky Salapu and Jaiyah Saelua on their love of the game". Football in Oceania. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  2. Ewart, Richard (13 January 2020). "Next Goal Wins - the Movie goes into post-production with a late 2020 release date anticipated". ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 16 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Cockerill, Michael (26 November 2011). "Finally making history for all the right reasons". Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. "VIDEO: "Next Goal Wins" trailer details 'worst team in the world'". NBC Sports Radio. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Hollywood treatment for American Samoa". FIFA World. 13 March 2013. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014.
  6. Westbrook, Laura (15 May 2014). "Interview with Jaiyah Saelua - BBC World News". YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
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