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Soccer as a Conflict Resolution Tool

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The term conflict resolution typically conjures up images of United Nations peacekeeping efforts, diplomacy, and mediation. Conflict resolution in its basic sense is a path to peace, a way to facilitate the end of conflict. It could be achieved through multiple approaches and contrary to popular belief do not need certified professionals to be involved. Soccer, also called football in many parts of the world, is not traditionally what one would picture as a conflict resolution tool. After all, it could sometimes be arguably a violent sport when rivalries get heated or when a championship title is at play.