Refugee Football
27 August 2014

Refugee Football

Another successful season ends

Another successful season ends

The ‘Cymru Refugee Football League’ ends after another successful season with the last game played on Saturday 23 August. This year's winners were the Kurdish FC, a team originated mostly from the Turkish, Iraq and Yemeni community.


The league,which is in its second season, was developed by the Welsh Football Trust with funding support from Sport Wales. It was set-up following an assessment of football opportunities available to asylum seekers and refugee players in and around Cardiff. The majority of players involved are on minimum benefits due to financial and transportation barriers and restricted to play in the established leagues across Cardiff. Another reason behind the establishment of the league was to give players who have not played competitive football before a chance to play mainstream football in a structured environment.


The 11-a-side adult league consists of six teams who are of differing nationalities including Kurdish, Congolese, Zimbabwe, Nigerian and Portuguese.


Plans for next year will have a slightly different approach with the competition being a tournament played in a short period than an a week-in-week out league. This is to avoid any clash with religious commitments such as Ramadan which delay the completion of fixtures.