Shlama Football League
We are excited to announce the launch of an adult football (soccer) league for ages 18-35. Each sports club has a male team & a female team that is hoping to participate in the league this season.
For the first time, the Shlama Foundation will organize a football league to pit the best men and women's teams from each participating village against each other to see who can call themselves Football Champions! Young adults between the ages of 18-35 will represent one of eight (male and female for a total of 16 teams) football clubs across northern Iraq. The games are scheduled to take place from October 2021 through November 2021.
The Shlama Football League (SFL) aims to help the young people of the homeland in different ways. With the majority of participants having been displaced or living as refugees due to the war, the league will serve as an outlet to help young adults on their path to psychological recovery. After the liberation from ISIS, the international community has been focusing on rebuilding the major infrastructure of towns and villages, such as water and electricity. However, the small social infrastructure that existed prior to the invasion, is non-existent today. This has led to a shortage of healthy activities for young adults to build fellowship and strong mental health coping mechanisms. Some local sports clubs have relaunched in order to support physical activities, but with no financial help, they are not able to hold regular leagues and tournaments. With the SFL, young males and females will have the opportunity to interact with other villages as they compete in the games. Many Chaldean/Syriac/Assyrians in the homeland do not get to visit other towns aside from the ones surrounding their own because they don’t know anyone from those areas. The SFL promotes these young people from all across northern Iraq to be friends with each other, and establish networks that can benefit them in the future.
The SFL strives to develop the football skills of the participants so that talented and motivated athletes can have an opportunity to compete at the international level, giving them a chance at a brighter career. Additionally, the SFL will also help the local clubs gain experience in participating and co-managing leagues so that they are able to implement their own local versions. Creating praiseworthy opportunities for adult athletes is also an important inspiration for prospective young athletes. Moreover, the league will boost the local economy, as drivers, cleaners, media personnel, referees and seamstresses will be hired to make the SFL an annual success. And finally, this league will give the diaspora communities the opportunity to finally connect with their youth community in the homeland on a more personal level. Player profiles will be posted on a website with pictures, videos and contact information. That way, we can finally put pictures and names on our remaining nation in the homeland.
In order to make this league a success, we need sponsors. It costs $3,000 to sponsor BOTH the men's and women's teams from each club. Your donation will go towards the following expenses:
•Transportation for the teams to the stadium sites
•Referees for each game
•Uniforms for each team
•Refreshments for the players
•Website for the tournament, featuring player profiles and stats
•Online streaming of the games
•Trophy and medals for the winning players
Meet the Athletic Clubs
Bartella Syriac Sports Club
Tesqopa sports club
If we are able to raise more money, then we will be able to invite more teams to participate! Here are the teams that would also like to join:
1. Hazar Jot