With the Darfur United Men’s Team’s place in the World Football Cup secured, the team is beginning its 11-month preparation ahead of the tournament’s start in Somaliland in June 2020. The competition will be as competitive as ever, and the Darfur United team will bring together Darfuris now living across the globe.
Exhibition matches and team training camps ahead of the tournament will be critical moments for the squad to grow and improve as a unit and will also provide opportunities for current DU players and hopefuls to earn their spots on the final DU World Football Cup Roster.
USA and Sweden-based players will partake in such opportunities in July and August. First-up is a Team Training Camp in Kent, Washington that will conclude with a match against Cascadia AFF. This will be the first-ever, all-CONIFA match on North American soil, and it is sure to test the strength and will of the DU players competing on the field. Cascadia’s roster pulls from top-collegiate and former professional talent that will help DU gain a perspective of facing competition with considerable experience and an impressive level of play. It will be filled with plenty of chances for players to learn from some of the league’s best! Kickoff for the game is 1:00pm on Saturday, July 27 and tickets can be purchased here.
Quickly following the USA Training Camp will be an August Team Training Camp in Östersund, Sweden. Many of DU’s World Football Cup veterans now live in Sweden and are eager to have the Darfuri people once again represented on this international stage. The DU players in and around Östersund have gained strong experience through local leagues, with many of the players competing together as part of Östersunds FK Cosmos Division 5 team.
The year ahead will be filled with additional exciting steps toward this World Football Cup 2020 journey, as the Darfur United Team shoots for their first World Football Cup win at the tournament. They will need plenty of team and outside support as they move forward. You can stay tuned for updates and ways to be involved by following the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Go DU!
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- JULY ’19: Darfur United Men’s Team vs. Cascadia AFF in Seattle, WA for first-ever all-CONIFA game on North American soil (Home-Away Series)
- AUG ’19: Los Angeles premiere of Darfur United documentary Not Just Football in Hermosa Beach, CA
- AUG 19: Darfur United Training Camp in Östersund, Sweden
- MAR ’20: Darfur United Men’s and Women’s Team training camps in Phoenix, Arizona
- JUN ‘20: Darfur United Men’s Team participates in CONIFA World Football Cup 2020