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Kristrún Rut Hassing Antonsdóttir plays for the women’s soccer team in Selfoss,

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Kristrún Rut Hassing Antonsdóttir plays for the women’s soccer team in Selfoss, a town of about 7,000 people some 45 minutes southeast of the capital. She’s among the masses there who have benefited from the country’s prioritization of youth soccer development over the past two decades. Turning #soccer into a year-round sport has improved Iceland’s raw talent. What’s more, Iceland spent the riches generated by soccer’s global popularity to expand access to the game, rather than on perks for the country’s sports brass. TV-rights money helped finance the construction of some 150 smaller artificial pitches, many with a heating system that can melt snow, near schools. These fields give kids ample opportunity to kick the ball around whenever the mood strikes. Read more about soccer culture in Iceland, ahead of its appearance in the #WorldCup, on TIME.com. Photograph by @thomas_prior for TIME



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