High school senior excited about soccer season following sports ban

"To know that I will get to have that portion of my senior year soccer-wise, and being able to practice with the girls that I have been playing with for the last few years is exciting."

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ANSER HASSAN: It's been more than a year since Leila Chaudhry scored a goal with her high school teammates.

LEILA CHAUDHRY: Half of your face is covered. Like, I haven't seen my teammates', like, nostrils, mouth, or anything in a while. We all joke about that at practice.

ANSER HASSAN: High school sports were banned due to COVID-19. But on Friday, the ban was lifted in California on some outdoor sports, with extra protocols in place for high-contact sports like football.

PATRICK WALSH: There's a mountain of evidence that supports that outdoor youth sports, you know, done safely, is not a threat to the community.

LEILA CHAUDHRY: You kind of know that I will get to have that portion of my senior year soccer-wise, and being able to practice with the girls that I've playing with for the last few years is exciting.

ANSER HASSAN: Leila's been playing club soccer for the past 12 years and made the varsity team as a freshman. She's been sending out recruitment reels, but losing her senior year due to the pandemic means potentially lost opportunities for being recruited to play in college.

LEILA CHAUDHRY: For me personally, soccer is going to be a really big influence on where I go, because it has been such a big part of my life for so long.

ANSER HASSAN: Her father sitting by her side said it's tough to watch his daughter miss out on her final year of club and high school play after dedicating her whole life to the beautiful game.

ISMAIL CHAUDHRY: You get knocked down, you get back up. And you the challenges and the adversity that life throws at you just make you that much stronger of a person.

ANSER HASSAN: The season starts in about two weeks. The family says they want to know what safety protocols are in place before giving Leila the green light. But she remains optimistic.

LEILA CHAUDHRY: Just being able to go out there, like, see my teammates and play with them is exciting.

ANSER HASSAN: In the South Bay, Anser Hassan, ABC 7 News.