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Girls pursue football dream in NW China's Xinjiang

Xia Songhao (C) cheers up his students prior to a training session in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 31, 2021. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Xia Songhao (2nd R) and his students participate in a training session in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, April 1, 2021. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Xia Songhao (L) shows basic moves of football to his student Kadirya Mardan during a training session in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 31, 2021. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Xia Songhao demonstrates how to play football during a training session in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, April 1, 2021. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Students participate in a training session in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, April 1, 2021. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Xia Songhao (3rd L) and his students participate in a training session in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 31, 2021. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Aerial photo taken on April 1, 2021 shows that Xia Songhao (C) and his students participate in a training session in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Zhang Zhixin (R) and Manzira Arxidin, members of a girls' football team, participate in a training session in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 31, 2021. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Photo taken on April 1, 2021 shows Xia Songhao, the coach of a girls' football team, at No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Xia Songhao (3rd L) and his students participate in a training session in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 31, 2021. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

Xia Songhao shows basic moves of football to his students during a training session in Shawan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 31, 2021. In 2011, the girls' football team of No. 2 Primary School in Shawan City was established. With the guidance of Xia Songhao, who has coached football on campus for nearly ten years, the girls' football team has become a diverse group composed of multi-ethnic players. After continuous and strict training, the team has achieved excellent results, winning a number of championships at different levels. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)