My name is Masoumeh Mohammadi, graduated from civil aviation in Air traffic controller from Afghanistan, I live in Kabul city, I am 24 years old and I am a mother of 3 months old son.
I am belongs to football family, my father and my brothers were used to play football, and now my husband is playing football in national team of Afghanistan.
I started playing football from a very young age, and I started playing professional football for 4 years now. I played in one of the women’s football club in Kabul and I played football in Kabul league, it was the time that I was selected and invited for the national team of Afghanistan.
When AFF invited me to Afghanistan women’s national football team, it was like a dream come true, because my father used to work in AFF, and sometimes I was going with him to AFF and I could see the women’s national football team was playing football in cold and snowing weather, or in very hot sunny summer.
I was in love with our women’s national team; I was always surprised, how passionate they are for that game. They were working hard for the national team, and since I was amazed of their love and hard work, even they had limited opportunities and limited resources and so many cultural barriers that they were facing in their daily life, but they were still playing football, that made me to start dreaming and working hard to join our national team, and stay strong for our own rights.
When I started playing football people where laughing on us and making fun of women’s football, people were insulting us as women football player, but I didn't give up, because I felt the strength and beauty of that game and the person and personality that football made me, it was/is impossible for barriers, and boundaries to stop me for playing football.
When I joined the national football team, I felt that I am one of the luckiest people in the world that I achieved my dream.
The time I enter the football pitch I forget all the problems and barriers as women that we are facing in our society.
I feel strong, happy, lucky, and free when I play football, and stay as a group together with my teammates.
Life has changed the meaning for me since I started playing football. I love to use football to empower women and women rights in our country. I love to use the opportunity, which I have to empower and help another women.
Today I carry C FIFA Coaching license, and I’m volunteer football coach for one of the orphanage center in Kabul, I coach girls in different age, some of my players are invited to the national team, and I am very happy and proud to see my players as teammates.
I am happy that my family are supportive and my husband is very supportive and he is encouraging me to play football. I feel very happy when he come wit my son to football field and watch me playing football and he support me, and the same when I go with my son when he play football we cheer for him.
When I compere my life with some of their women’s in Afghanistan and some of our players that they got married and after getting marriage they were not allowed to play football and end it being at home even they were not allowed to continue education and work, and some of our players don't want to get marriage because they don't want to risk their carrier and the love for the game, I feel sad for them.
After the changes, which is made in Afghanistan women’s national football team, and we got the foreigner coaches, and women coaches which is great I feel very happy and I am very positive about the future of Afghanistan women’s football.
Imagine with those problems and difficulties, which we face every day we didn't give up, now with this opportunities and support of coaches and if we even can manage to have training camps and friendly games, than nothing can stop as to reach in high level and touch the sky of success.
Afghanistan women’s national football team needs attention and support, we can get it, we can encourage support more women and girls to join this movement and we can bring a cultural change in our country, people will get use to see women in sports or active in society, we will be role models for the rest of the women’s in our country.
I love the mix of the Afghan women players, which is invited from outside of Afghanistan and inside of Afghanistan based on their talents to the national team, by arranging training camps we can learn from each other and transfer the knowledge and culture back in our country.
If this attention and support continues, I am sure soon we will reach our dreams to play in women world cup and bring pride to our beautiful and injured country Afghanistan.
Together we can change the image of our country, we will fight with our footballs against odds and against tourism, which changed the beautiful image of our country, we will change it back to a beautiful country, where all citizens will be allowed and free to practice their own choice and feel freedom, and peace.
My son is the future of Afghanistan that is why I bring him to the football pitch to see women playing football and to see men playing football, I want to educate him and I want him to be used to see women practicing the game that they love.
I want my son to learn to respect women, I want him to be the man that respect and accept women’s activity and women’s participation in society, and I want him to encourage women, and support women when he grow up.
I want to be a role model not only for women who do any sports, but also for mothers, to be a good teacher for their son’s and daughters, mothers are playing key role in changing society, they are the first teacher of their son’s.