The world of sport may still be a hostile place for many LGBTI athletes.

When she scored an ultra-rare ‘Goal Olimpico’ by scoring directly from a corner, she became the first woman or man ever to do so at the Olympics.

Megan came out as a lesbian in 2012, saying: ‘I just felt like I was leaving something out and omitting something and not being 100 percent truthful. ‘The world is sort of presumably straight, so I think I wasn’t wanting to be assumed [to be straight] or have people believe that. I couldn’t be happier with who I am.’ Since then, she has been an advocate for a number of LGBTI organizations that support young people and aim to end homophobia in sport.

This New Zealand player recently moved to Switzerland to be closer to her wife, former Football Ferns player Priscilla Duncan.

Her third FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign, she is taking the Football Ferns to Canada as vice-captain.

Her career has taken her from Swedish captain to Philadelphia to Western New York Flash and then Paris Saint-Germain.

An out lesbian, she has said she used to conceal her sexuality but decided to speak out to help other gay and lesbian young people who might be struggling with their identity.

But this year, there are at least 14 openly gay or bisexual women playing in the Canada World Cup – that’s exactly 14 more than the men’s World Cup last year.

Meet some of the footballers who are scoring a goal for LGBTI rights: Nadine Angerer is a 36-year-old German player and captain of Germany’s national team.

There, she and fiancée Joanna Lohman became the first openly gay engaged couple competing on the same professional team.

The relationship sparked huge publicity, as well as a great deal of public support.

In January 2014 she won FIFA’s World Player of the Year award – making her the first goalkeeper, male or female, to do so. ‘I am very open about this, because I am of the opinion there are nice guys and nice women,’ she said.