The Karen Football Association
This is the official site of the Karen Women's and Men's National Soccer Team. We are excited to announce the formation of this organization for the Karen community around the world. The Karen Football Association (KFA) is based in the United States. Our mission is to unite the community’s passion for soccer with the importance of gender equity. As an organization, and a team, we feel that it is our responsibility to be an influential role model for other teams, businesses, and organizations; teaching society, that women and men will always be on an equal playing field.
The Karen Women's National Team
Establishing a foundation for generations to come. The Karen Women’s National Soccer Team is currently made up of refugee players from Burma and Thailand. We are thrilled to showcase the talent of these incredible women. It is now their reality to be viewed as professional athletes, while at the same time, giving generations of younger women hope of playing soccer on the world's biggest stage. Athletes of generations to come will now have role models to look up to, women they can identify with. Ones they can dream to be.
The Karen Men's National Team
The beautiful game doesn't stop with a ball. The Karen Men's National Soccer Team also is comprised of refugee players from Burma and Thailand. We are excited to show the world the talent of these young men on and off the field. The game of football (soccer) is only as beautiful as its players, and when we make gender equity a priority, we show the world that we are human, not male or female. We support and celebrate each other as athletes, as people who are able to do awe-inspiring things. And that is where the beauty truly begins.
Karen History & Culture
The Karen people began to inhabit what eventually became Burma about two thousand years ago. They traveled from Tibet and China and settled largely in the hills bordering the eastern mountainous region of Burma. In the 8th and 9th centuries, the Burmese also began migrating to the area north of what is now the Karen state. Ethnic groups around this region included the Mon, Shan, Thai, Burmese and Karen. When the British colonized Burma in 1886, these groups all became part of Burma.
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