Kelly Lindsey is the current Head Coach of the Afghanistan National Women’s Football Team and CONIFA’s first ever Director of Women’s Football. She is working alongside AFDP Global, the social enterprise that funds, supports and partners with organisations to unite and transform communities through football. (CNN)As the manager for the Afghanistan Women’s National Football Team, I’ve seen the remarkable drive that women and girls have to play football. The women footballers of Afghanistan have been faced by opposition and roadblocks on all sides — from families, from society and from a national Football Federation that was happy to accept FIFA funding for women’s football, but unwilling to support the ambitions of players and staff who wanted to make the women’s game successful across the country. [Editor’s note: The Afghanistan Football Federation did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment] Despite this, Afghanistan’s women have maintained their determination to play football and excel on the international stage against all odds. If women will go to those lengths to play football, we can only imagine how the women’s game will develop under the right global conditions. Read More Men’s football may have a 111-year head start, but with the required shifts… Read full this story
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