"When my hair starts to grow I put it short because I've always had short hair", she explained to WOWT.
According to WOWT, Hernandez, who plays on an 11-year-old team at 8 years old, was told by tournament organizers that her team couldn't continue because she looked "like a boy". And she likes it that way. And Mili, her family says, had a very 8-year-old reaction when told she wouldn't be able to do something she really wanted to do.
This past weekend she helped lead her club team, Omaha's Azzuri Cachorros, to the Springfield Soccer Club girls tournament final, but her team ended up getting disqualified.
Mili says the incident won't stop her from playing soccer with another club but she certainly doesn't think the decision is fair. After a follow-up question, she added that the decision made her feel "not happy".
How terrible. To make matters worse, Mili's family tried to prove her gender by showing her insurance card. "She even was crying after they told us", said Gerardo Hernandez, Mili's father. Hopefully the public outcry will inspire these tournament organizers to pull their rule books out of the 1950s, because Mili and her team worked hard to get where they were. She loves soccer and her short haircut.
"They didn't want to listen", brother Cruz Hernandez said.
Bianco said soccer clubs provide player names and genders for the rosters and are responsible for noticing any mistakes and fixing them.
The tournament is already over, but Hernandez can file an appeal with the Nebraska State Soccer Association. "She's been playing so long in different tournaments", he told The Post. Organizers believed Mili was a boy.
"She's a great player". Her skill on the soccer field?
"She was ready to play, " he said.