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During a soccer dribbling exercise, I ask the men and women candidates to give each other high-fives, to be encouraging and to cheer for each other, and to partner with the opposite sex. I ask them to learn and say each other’s names and to share their favorite colors, animals, and foods while completing the drill.

At first, my instructions were received with uncertainty. These additions to the activity seemed strange to the 21 refugee coach candidates and to the community of men, women, and children crowding around the field watching (and laughing). But these seemingly silly requests are all part of the comprehensive Refugees United Soccer Academy (RUSA) curriculum. Developed by our Soccer Technical Advisors, the Academy structure and curriculum is designed for state-of-the-art player development—starting with the foundations of passing, receiving, and dribbling skills, and progressing to attacking