ETNOLIGA

crosscultural
football project

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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.

Do you like what we do?

The new season starts on 30 September!

Sign in individually or as a team
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 members of Fare, an international network and leader of anti-discriminatory practices in the field of sport. In 2017 Etnoliga was shortlisted for the prestigious Beyond Sport Global Awards.

Our community

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.

Etnoliga 15

players each season

supporters

countries

matches a year

years of experience

Polska

Słowacja

Czechy

Niemcy

Łotwa

Szwecja

Szkocja

Anglia

Francja

Irlandia

Hiszpania

Portugalia

Włochy

Rumunia

Ukraina

Czeczenia

Rosja

Grecja

Bułgaria

Białoruś

Węgry

Serbia

Holandia

Dania

Szwajcaria

Mołdawia

Albania

Estonia

Algieria

Nigeria

Maroko

Togo

Ghana

Sierra Leone

Republika Środkowoafrykańska

Sudan

Egipt

Libia

Demokratyczna Republika Kongo

Liban

Argentyna

Brazylia

Peru

Chile

Austria

Kolumbia

Wenezuela

Honduras

USA

Kanada

Meksyk

Turcja

Gruzja

Armenia

Afganistan

Pakistan

Iran

Irak

Izrael

Kazachstan

Jemen

Oman

Arabia Saudyjska

Kirgistan

Dagestan

Inguszetia

Turkmenistan

Kongo

Boliwia

Chiny

Wietnam

Senegal

Gambia

Mongolia

Tadżykistan

Kamerun

Haiti

Paragwaj

Gwinea

Nowa Zelandia

Australia

Japonia

Mali

Kenia

Angola

Urugwaj

Indie

Indonezja

Palestyna

Litwa

Słowenia

Macedonia

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