Published On: Fri, Sep 21st, 2018

First all-refugee female soccer team

Soccer isn’t just for men – women love it too. While women soccer teams aren’t as popular, it is no secret that it sees arising popularity.

First all-refugee female soccer team

Many look forward to the Women’s World Cup today, and fans have also been searching Grand National tips. It is definitely a step in the right direction, as we see more women joining sports.

However, today we are going to talk about something more interesting – about female all-refugee soccer.

The First Female All-Refugee Soccer

Darfur has always been a major war zone for the past decade. The war first broke out in February 2003, in Sudan. The results were devastating. Tens of thousands of people were killed,and millions were displaced in Sudan and its surrounding areas.

However, the security in Darfur is returning. A lot of refugees who had fled are coming back. Not only are people coming back, but it seems the norm is changing.

Apparently, women in the region have been fascinated by football. For this reason, the first ever women’s team dubbed Darfur United Women’s Team will be launched this fall.

IACT, which is a nonprofit organization, will launch the team. In October, the first ever Women’s Training Camp will be opened. It will facilitate female players from eight different refugee camps from Chad, andit’s surroundings.

Currently, some women already serve as coaches. They have gained some experience from teaching football all over the various refugee camps. The young women, in particular, have shown a lot of interest in joining the new football field.

Football is a well-known sport in the camp. Everybody loves soccer. This can be seen through the success of the Darfur United Men’s Team.

The camp survives on donated clothes. One can easily see kids running around wearing t-shirts with names of famous footballers. For instance Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The people end up sewing their names on those t-shirts as a symbol of their love for the game.

The Darfur United Men’s Team was built in 2012 by both iACT and UNHCR. It officially began in a refugee camp known as Djabal, located in GozBeida.

Sixty men traveled from all the 12 refugee camps to try a place in the men’s team. Fortunately, I got help from the Darfur refugee camp and the soccer fans to form a successful team.

In that same year, the men’s team was fortunate enough to play in the VIVA World Cup. It was able to score its first international. Two years later the team participates in the 2014 CONIFA World Football Cup in Östersund, Sweden.

The later cup opened a lot of doors for the Darfur Camp. They got to share their stories with the rest of the world and this opened opportunities for them. IACT was able to garner partnerships with the Swedish community. Moreover, some of the players got a chance to live in eastern Chad, Sweden and the USA.
The organization is seeking to give the same opportunities to women.

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at knowledgeherald@gmail.com

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