Not Just Football: from genocide to the World Cup is the incredible story of Darfur United, an all-refugee team from a forgotten region that has experienced “hell on earth.” This film—and the team—look to shine the spotlight back on Darfur, and it challenges you to SCORE A GOAL FOR DARFUR.


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Armed conflict and mass atrocities drew the world’s attention to Darfur in 2003 and 2004. This conflict – which the United States government characterized as genocide in 2004 – resulted in the death of perhaps 300,000 people and the displacement of millions more. In 2009 the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Bashir, as well as several other government officials, and charged them with crimes against humanity.


The violence in Darfur has been raging for far too many years. With continuing attacks and insecurity stemming from the 2003-2004 genocide, the Darfuri people are still waiting for a moment to breathe, a chance to take back their lives and return to a life of peace in their homeland. The United Nations can and should do more to protect the people of Darfur.

Please sign the following letter to the United Nations demanding we do more to make peace possible in Darfur. Actions have been written by experts at The Enough Project.


Create impact by supporting the Darfur United Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams and the Refugees United Soccer Academy program in Chad, Cameroon, and Tanzania. The Academy is a place for refugee girls and boys ages 6 to 13 to learn about teamwork, leadership, and peacebuilding, all while improving soccer skills. It only takes $10 to sponsor one refugee player for an entire year in the Academy.

Not Just Football
Regia: Paolo Casalis
Production: Produzioni Fuorifuoco
Film Premiere: October 2018 – DocsMX Festival
Genre: Creative Documentary, Bio, Sport
Duration: 70′ / 52′
Format: HD
International distribution:
Under The Milky Way, Paris (TVOD, EST)
A.D.R, Rome (TV, Europe)