Father sues to allow daughter to play on boys’ soccer team

Anna Gregor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The father of a Sissonville high school soccer player is suing the West Virginia Board of Education and Secondary Schools Activities Commission, because he says they have discriminated against his daughter by not letting her play on the boys’ soccer team.

Joseph Gregor filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Charleston on Tuesday.

In his complaint, he notes that his daughter, Anna, has played soccer since she was 4 years old and is seeking opportunities to play in college.

While she has earned all-state honors on the school’s girls’ team, she wanted to play in more competitive leagues to prepare for a Division I or II school, so she began playing in club and recreational leagues outside of school. That’s when the coach of her school’s boys’ soccer team noticed her skill and invited her to train with the team. She accepted, and then proceeded to earn a starting position as a midfielder on the team.

But the board and commission intervened, saying she could not play on a boys’ team because she is a girl.

The Gregors are seeking to have the state’s actions declared discriminatory, and an injunction to allow her to play on the boys’ team.

This story has been updated to add that Anna Gregor had previously played on her school’s girls’ team and the circumstances in which she was invited to practice with the boys’ team.