Cross-cultural football project

Football is the most popular game in the world. It connects people regardless of skin color, gender or religion. This is the kind of football we play. We integrate migrants, support women players, promote fair play, break stereotypes and learn other cultures.

Why is this 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.

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.

We organised our first tournament in 2005.

We invited refugees from Chechnya and Africa, and Polish students and pupils to play together in one-day event. Next year new groups joined us, Vietnamese and people from Africa 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 the tournaments transformed into a solid league.

Multicultural community

  • People from more than 50 countries play in each season
  • Among them are refugees, businessmen, students, workers…
  • All teams are mixed, there is no national teams
  • People of all ages meet at one pitch

Exceptional rules

  • Men and women play together
  • Participants prepare contests, snacks and presentations
  • The scoring system rewards fair play and extra activities
  • Players themselves establish additional rules for the games
  • Participation is free of charge!

Additional events

  • We meet for trainings and sparrings
  • We organise charity tournaments and sports activities for young refugees
  • We show up at festivals, fairs and other events
  • We teach sport trainers, organise expert seminars and publish manuals

ETNOLIGA 14

March 19 – June 11, 2017
pitch at 3 Przy Bażantarni St., Warsaw

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