About the Movement

Warrior Women of Football is a groundbreaking, collaborative, global movement to galvanize women athletes and together tell the stories of the burgeoning global revolution of women in football and the barriers they are breaking around the world.

The Warrior Women movement will consist of:

  1. feature length documentary set in the U.S, France, England, Italy and Brazil, telling the turbulent stories of female players including the Series da Vila (Mermaids of the Vila), the women’s division of Santos Futebol Clube which gave us Pelé and Neymar, arguably the most famous football players in the world. 
  2. A social impact campaign which in partnership with the global NGO, Coaches Across Continents, will address UN Sustainable Development Global Goals, including Goal #5 Gender Equality.  
  3. An interactive, web-based community platform where girls and women football players from around the world can support each other and tell their stories. 
  4. A dedicated original documentary series highlighting stories chosen from this forum and beyond, as well as other grassroots organizations. 

About Us

Kely Nascimento-DeLuca:

Born in Santos, Brazil, Kely Nascimento-Deluca is the eldest daughter of Brazilian soccer legend Pelé. Pelé moved his family to Manhattan in 1975 to play for the NYCosmos and Kely remained a New Yorker ever since. Kely attended the Parsons School of Design and has worked as an editorial, portrait and social commentary photographer, creative director and producer of multi-media and art projects . During the 2014 World Cup, hosted by her native Brazil for the first time since 1950,  Kely documented her father in a video blog for which she created daily content chronicling his experience and giving the world a peak at The Real Pelé (FB @therealpele) . The Real Pelé was broadcast by major television stations worldwide. Kely is currently working on a documentary and a global multi-platform initiative to promote women’s soccer and equality around the world and is a proud Ambassador for the Global Goals World Cup ggwcup.com. Kely currently lives in NYC with her husband, 4 children and 9 chickens. Instagram: @iamkelynascimento
Twitter: @casakely Email: kely@warriorwomenoffootball.com

Justin Noto:

Justin co-founded Agon Creative (www.agoncreative.com), a NYC/LA based production company that specializes in short-form content for ad agencies and globally-known brands, including Schick Hydro, Playtex, USA Networks, YG Entertainment and Redbox. In 2016, Noto served as production director for the launch of ONErpm Studios in Brooklyn, NY where he created and produced the 2017 Taste Award winning original online series, Buggin’Out with Chef PV.

Independently, Noto has produced and directed video content for Pelé, School of Visual Arts, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ford Motors, KIA Motors and more. He is a film graduate of NYC’s School of Visual Arts and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Email: justin@warriorwomenoffootball.com

Susie DeLellis Petruccelli:

Susie is a former Harvard women’s soccer player, youth coach and author of a book in development, “Title IX and Tampons”. Through her work as an author and activist, she not only has intimate knowledge of the issues surrounding gender inequality in sports and soccer, but has extensive contacts throughout soccer. She works with the Coaches Across Continents’ ASK for Choiceteam, which uses play to develop attitudes, skills and knowledge to inform choices for women, men and communities. She played with CAC’s ASK for Choice team at the Global Goals World Cup in New York in 2017. Susie also invests in female founded projects and start ups like Build & Imagine, a female owned toy company that designs STEM building toys for girls. Previously she worked in technology with extensive experience in programming, systems administration and web design. She lives in Long Island with her husband, also a former Harvard soccer player, their three children and their dog, Otis.
Twitter: @sooozie
Email: susie@warriorwomenoffootball.com

Guerreiras Project:

www.guerreirasproject.org
Guerreiras is a team of athletes, artists, academics and activists in Brazil who together carry out workshops, trainings, exhibitions, research, performances, and presentations to stimulate critical awareness of gender through reflection and action. We use futebol as a tool to generate dialogue around gender norms. We believe that the same narrow gender norms found in futebol are reflected in society at large and sit at the root of many social justice issues. Research has revealed that rigid, narrow codes of traditional masculinity and femininity drive lower educational outcomes, poorer reproductive health outcomes, and homophobic and gender-based violence. These issues cannot be addressed without challenging deeply rooted gender norms. We believe that the universally recognized language of futebol can serve as one of the most powerful, effective and accessible tools for this work, and an innovative instrument for deep-seated change.