APV Football Team

The Borderfree Afghan Football Team

There are now 20 players, of different ethnicity, who participate in the weekly training sessions organised by the Afghan Peace Volunteers Non-Violence Football team. 

They have been training for over a year and hope to overcome prejudices by getting the different ethnic groups to work together. 

  • It costs £16.50 per week to hire training pitches
  • Fortnightly practices for a year comes to £420, weekly practices £840

The APV Football Team is a creative response by young Afghan people who have chosen to not follow the status quo of violence and oppression, young people who have no experience of what it’s like to live in peace, but still strive towards that dream, and see football as a part of achieving that.


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Amir, age 20, Captain
Position: Defence

“I love football because it’s a group game. If there were prejudices before the match they fade away once we warm up and start playing. 

Sport is a good place for health and well being.”



Malik, age 17

Position: Right wing

“Football is a good game to teach the next generation, instead of playing with guns or getting into violence.

It’s a popular game which is interesting and challenging.”


Nurallah, age 17
Position: Defence

“It’s a game where everyone can participate regardless of their ethnicity.

Discrimination and prejudices are challenged when we work with other players on the team who are different ethnicities, it helps people overcome divisions.”


Sami, age 19
Position: Forward

“Since I was a kid we lived in an area with mixed ethnicities, and we always played together.
Whenever we play on the same team we all have the same goal and we need to work together, when we do it shows what we can achieve.

I think football can help to resolve conflicts as it shows how we can work together.”

Mahadi, age 19
Position: Defence

“It’s my favourite game because it’s good for our health and it’s a group game.

When people play together they become friends, ethnic division disappear, it reduces discrimination and creates friends.”


Barath Khan, age 20
Position: Centre Forward

“I feel so happy when I exercise, and that happiness goes into the game and the people I am playing with.

Our football team shows how the different ethnic groups can co-operate and get along to achieve.

I am proud to be a part of the Non Violence Football team.”


Watch this video to find out more about the Border Free Afghan Football Team