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Women's football at the Mondiali Antirazzisti

In July 2002 we entered a multiracial young women’s team for the first time in the mixed Anti-Racist World Cup in Italy. To prepare for this, we ran a series of women-only coaching sessions, run by both male and female coaches. These paid off once in Italy – the Football Unites Women All-Stars brought home the Coppa Multiculti, or Multicultural Cup, awarded for being the most multicultural team, and upholding the ethos of the event – described by the organisers as the most prestigious award of the tournament.
In the run-up to the 2003 Anti-Racist World Cup, our youth worker and head coach worked together with a group of girls from Fir Vale School to provide football coaching alongside work looking at identity and difference, aiming to break down barriers between different ethnic groups within the school. From this group of people who were initially suspicious of each other grew friendships and the basis of the Football Unites Women All-Stars team for the 2003 Anti-Racist World Cup!  Lisa Sultanti, who gained the FA Junior Team Manager award while a Millennium Volunteer with Football Unites, also became the first woman to manage a Football Unites team at the event. This year the team was a mixed one which played in, and won, a mixed group before being beaten in a penalty shoot-out in the knock-out stages.
FURD Women Allstars
The Football Unites Women All-Stars, winners of the Coppa Multiculti at the Anti-Racist World Cup in Italy 2002
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