I am a 20 year-old girl, I have been playing soccer for 5-6 years. I am also coaching one of refugee teams in Denmark.
My love and passion for soccer started when I came to Denmark as an immigrant back in 2003. I was a young girl when I first embarked upon my love of soccer. I used to play with boys before even thinking twice about my gender or segregating myself in any other way.
Back in those days and even today, soccer to me is equivalent to dance. Dance is an expressive art, just like music, poetry or paintings - and soccer to me is that holy of art.
Dancing with my feet to tune of the ball, gives me a pleasure no one will understand. Throughout the years, I have visited other countries, besides Afghanistan where I have been able to interact with the people that admire soccer. Most of them are young girls with a similar dream. I hear their stories of pursuing their goals for the future. I see the thrill of emotions they each uphold as they speak of their aspirations, and it reminds me of where I have come from. I hope that I can inspire these girls, not just for a future in soccer, but as a lesson that hard work, dedication, and a little hope goes a long way.