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2017 Darfur United Men’s Soccer Training Camp Östersund, Sweden

Who – The Darfur United Men’s Team (DU) is an all-refugee soccer team, originally formed from twelve refugee camps in eastern Chad. These camps currently host over 360,000 displaced people from Darfur. There will be new players trying out for the team at this year’s training camp.

What – The Darfur United Men’s Team participates in an annual soccer training camp and also competes in international friendlies. The 2017 Östersund Training Camp will include three friendly matches against Östersund United, a team of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and Eritrea; Ope IF B team; and ÖFK Academy U19 boys.

When –July 9th – 19th 2017Training CampJuly 12thGame 1: Darfur United vs. Östersund UnitedJuly 15thGame 2: Darfur United vs. Ope IF B teamJuly 18thGame 3: Darfur United vs. ÖFK Academy U19 boys

Where – Östersund, Sweden. In 2014, the Darfur United Men’s Soccer Team played in its first CONIFA World Football Cup in Östersund, a tournament organized for football teams made up of nationless peoples. Team members were eventually able to claim asylum in Sweden and have permanently moved to various cities across the nation. Östersund is a small, urban town six hours north of Stockholm, and home to a population of 49,806. The DU team trains and competes at the local Östersund Arena.

Why – Training camps and games maintain mental and physical health for