Jaiyah Saelua is an American Samoan international football player. Saelua is a fa'afafine, a third gender present in Polynesian society roughly translating as "way of the woman". She is a member of the American Samoa national football team. 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. Saelua is a former performing arts student who studied at the University of Hawaii.
About Jaiyah Saelua
Samoan-American soccer player who is notable for being the first transgender player to compete in a men's FIFA World Cup qualifier. She debuted for the American Samoa national team at age 15 and has played for the indoor soccer franchise Savage FC.
She first picked up soccer at age 11 and was a performing arts student at the University of Hawaii.
She was one of the subjects of the British documentary Next Goal Wins (2014).
She is the daughter of soccer player and coach Nicky Salapu.
She has been coached by Thomas Rongen.
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- American Samoa international footballers
- American Samoan footballers
- LGBT association football players
- University of Hawaii alumni
- Transgender and transsexual women