FIFA Diversity Award 2017 crowns Soccer Without Borders

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura awarded the trophy of the FIFA Diversity Award 2017 to Soccer Without Borders, an organisation using football as the key tool to build the confidence and assist with the integration of young refugees in places like the United States and Uganda.

The American-based institution was chosen ahead of second-placed Moving the Goalposts, an organisation that strives for the social inclusion of girls and young women in the coastal counties of Kilifi and Kwale, in Kenya. The selection was made by a jury comprising 11 prominent names from football and from the promotion of diversity in sport, including a representative of the winners of the maiden edition — Slum Soccer, from India.

“It is FIFA’s duty to promote diversity on the pitch, in the stands and in each area of society that is touched by the most popular sport in the world. The Diversity Award is part of this,” says Samoura.

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