Football is the most important game in the world.
It connects people regardless of their skin colour, gender or religion. This is a kind of football we play. We integrate migrants, support women, promote fair play, break stereotypes and meet other cultures.
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Sports hall at Jagiellońska 7 St., Warsaw
Saturdays, 13-20 CET
Physical activity is one of the most underrated instruments of social change. Sport plays an important cultural role and gives a sense of belonging. Common passion and universal rules create natural conditions for combining them with education. We use football to break prejudices and seek common language between groups, especially those who do not participate in other forms of integration because of linguistic, psychological or financial barriers.
Why is it so important?
We witness racist incidents at stadiums and school playgrounds everyday. Some threw bananas at Dani Alves from the stands, some buzzed monkey chants at Samuel Eto’o. Jews, Roma, LGBTQ and other groups were insulted. Women role is depreciated. FIFA organises championships in the countries where human rights are constantly violated. That’s our problem, because that’s our sport. And it depends on us how it looks.
We are a group of people who live in Warsaw but come from all around the world. We are of different age: refugees, businessmen, students, workers… All teams are mixed, there are no national teams. Men and women play together, as well. Participants prepare contests, snacks and presentations. A unique scoring system rewards fair play and extra activities. Players themselves decide on additional rules for each season. Participation is free of charge. We regularly do trainings and sparrings, organise charity tournaments and activities for refugee kids. We show up at festivals, fairs and other events to promote our vision of sport.
We also teach coaches, organise workshops for experts and publish manuals on inclusion.
What can be done?
Samuel Eto’o and Kevin Prince Boateng protested leaving the pitch. Dani Alves symbolically ate the banana. thrown from the stands. Maribel Domínguez fought for the right to play in a men’s club. Predrag Pašić gave up his career to lead a football school in the besieged Sarajevo. Carlos Caszely at the peak of his international glory came against the Chilean dictatorship, for which his family paid with tortures. Sócrates fought for democratic standards in his club. Didier Drogba made use of his fame to bring peace in the war-ridden Ivory Coast. We in Poland created Etnoliga.
History in a nutshell
In 2005 we organised our first tournament for refugees from Chechnya and Africa, Polish students and pupils. Next year new groups joined us, Vietnamese among others. In the third and fourth tournament we had already 12 teams, including representations of the Jewish community and Legia Warszawa supporters. We started cooperation with women players, introducing a minimum number of 3 women in each team. Due to the great interest, in 2010 we launched a solid league. And thus, a modest idea for a one-off tournament transformed into the biggest intercultural sports initiative in Central and Eastern Europe.
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