My name is Masoumeh Mohammadi. I graduated from civil aviation in Air traffic controller from Afghanistan. I live in Kabul city and I am a 24 years old mother of a 3 month old son.
I belong to a football family, were my father and brothers used to play football. Now my husband is playing football on the national team of Afghanistan.
I started playing football from a very young age and I have played professional football for 4 years now. I played in one of the women’s football clubs in Kabul and I have played football in the Kabul league. It was at that time I was selected and invited to play for the national team of Afghanistan.
When AFF invited me to play for the Afghanistan women’s national football team, it was a dream coming true. My father used to work in AFF and sometimes I was going with him to AFF. I could see the women’s national football team was outside playing football in all weather conditions. They worked hard.
I was in love with our women’s national team. I was always surprised of how passionate they are in each game. They work hard for the national team and since I was amazed of their love and hard work, even when they were facing limited opportunities, resources and many cultural barriers, they were still playing football. This passion made me dream and work hard towards joining our national team.
When I started playing football people where laughing at us and making fun of women’s football. People were insulting us as women football players but I didn't give up. I felt the strength and beauty of that game and the person, football made me. It was and is impossible for me to stop playing football There are still to many barriers and boundaries we need to change before I stop.
When I joined the national football team I felt like the luckiest person in the world. I had achieved my dream.
The time I enter the football pitch I forget all problems and barriers which women face in our society. I feel strong, happy, lucky, and free when I play football. I stand united as a group, together with my teammates.
Life has a new purpose and 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 of empowering and helping women.
Today I carry C FIFA Coaching license, and I’m volunteer football coach for one of the orphanage centers in Kabul. I coach girls in different ages, some of my players are invited to the national team and I am very happy and proud to see my players become teammates.
I am happy that my family are supportive. My husband is very supportive and he is encouraging me to play football. I feel very happy when he comes with my son to the football field and watch me play football.
When I compare my life with some of the other women in Afghanistan and our players, i can se that after getting married they were not allowed to play football anymore. They end up being at home. They are not even allowed to continue education or work. Some of our players don't want to get married because they don't want to risk their carrier and the love for the game. I feel sad for them.
After the changes made to the Afghanistan women’s national football team and since we got foreigner women coaches, I feel very happy and positive about the future of Afghanistan women’s football.
Imagine, despite the problems and difficulties we face every day, we didn't give up. Now with these new opportunities and the support of coaches, nothing can stop as in reaching a high level and touch the sky of success.
Afghanistan women’s national football team needs attention and support. We can get it when we encourage more support and more women and girls in joining this movement. We can bring a cultural change in our country and people will get use to see women in sport and other activities in society. We will be role models for the rest of the women in our country.
I love the mix of the Afghan women players whom is invited from in and outside of Afghanistan. Based on their talents from the national team and 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 we will reach our dreams to play in women world cup soon and bring pride to our beautiful and injured country Afghanistan.
Together we can change the image of our country. We will use football to fight the 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 free and allowed to practice their own choice and feel free and in peace.
My son is the future of Afghanistan and that is why I bring him to the football pitch. This so he can see women and men playing football. I want to educate him and I want him to get used to see women practicing the game that they love.
I want my son to learn to respect women and I want him to be the man that respect and accept women’s activity and women’s participation in society. I want him to encourage and support women, when he grows up.
I want to be a role model, not only for women who do any sports, but also for mothers. I want to teach mothers to be teachers for their son’s and daughters, since mothers are playing a key role in changing society, they are the first teachers their son’s see.