Our Team and Executive Board

The Karen Football Association

The Karen Football Association (KFA) is based in the United States and is the official governing body of the Karen Women's and Men's National Soccer Teams. KFA aims to develop a program that unites the community’s passion for football 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 others; teaching our culture, and society, that women and men will always be on an equal playing field.
The Karen Football Association is a registered 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization based in the state of Minnesota in the United States of America.
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Executive Board

Our leadership team has a wide range of business and footballing experience, but  our values will always be rooted in the Karen community. Our diverse Board of Directors is made up of a two-thirds majority women, highlighting our mission for gender equity.


Kyle Johnson

Founder & Executive Director


Mohamed Malim

President & Board Chair


Lay Lay Zan

Secretary & Board Member


Tu Lor Eh Paw

Treasurer & Board Member

Academy Advisory Board

We are excited to announce the Karen FA Academy Advisory Board. As we developed our methodology for our program, our number one priority was getting advise and input from athletes in the Karen community, and what would be important for them. We have established a leadership group with a tremendous amount of playing experience and who are excited about the future of young athletes in the community.


James Soe

Academy Advisory Board


Lay Lay Zan

Academy Advisory Board


Lay Plah Cho

Academy Advisory Board


Taw Bee

Academy Advisory Board


Mu Kue

Academy Advisory Board


Aung Win

Academy Advisory Board


Pa Lu

Academy Advisory Board

Technical Staff

Our technical staff brings a passion for the game combined with the a genuine desire to provide more opportunities for those who sit outside of the US Youth Sports system. Their desire to help athletes achieve a top level is a goal for all.

Karen Football Association

Brendan Doyle


Brendan joined the Karen Football Association as Director of Football Operations in August 2022 in order to work with the members of the Advisory Board to develop a training methodology and style of play for the organization.
Brendan will use his dedication to coaching and his passion for the game to help grow a culture at KFA that will allow for players to develop on and off the field and increase the opportunities in the game for those players.

Brendan holds a United States Soccer Federation C License as well as a United Soccer Coaches Urban Soccer Diploma. He is currently an assistant coach in the Minneapolis City SC Futures Program, as well as the Community Engagement coordinator for the club. Prior to joining KFA, Brendan was a staff coach for the St Paul Blackhawks.

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Thank you for the continued support from all of the media locally and around the world, sharing the stories of the Karen community and KFA. Read the articles below to learn more about the impact we are making.


Thank you to all of the individuals, companies, and organizations supporting the Karen community.

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The Karen Football Association is a registered 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization based in the state of Minnesota in the United States of America.
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