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A Typical Darfuri Training Session…


Editor’s note: This was originally posted on darfurunited.com by Darfur United Coach Ambassador Rachael Rapinoe.

Abdelrazik leads the DU boys down the pitch. Photo: Sean Toshima / i-ACT


The three dots at the end of this heading are imperative to include in this blog. Reasons to follow.

For those of you who have never observed a Darfuri futbol game in the refugee camps or training session out here in Osterstund, Sweden, it is quite a unique and charismatic sight. First of all, there are no referees, boundary lines or typical rules of the game in the camps. Insert imagination here. Secondly, no one has been taught how to slide tackle appropriately or safely (ouch). Third, free kicks and set plays, forget about it. Fourth, oh yes goalkeepers please do stay in your box. Nevertheless, with all that being said, futbol is futbol everywhere in the world. Their ability to absorb the information us coaches tell them, then apply it to the pitch is remarkable. They are truly developing as footballers, professionals and leaders.