Darfur United Soccer Academy


Darfur United Soccer Academy


Building on the need for programs that address trauma and promote education, health, peace-building, and social integration, i-ACT works directly with refugees to develop and implement the Darfur United Soccer Academy (DUSA).

DUSA is a comprehensive and replicable child development soccer program that trains and employs refugee men and women to provide a safe place for refugee children to learn soccer, health and peace-building curriculum.

Through DUSA, men and women become leaders in their community, and children and youth are provided a safe place to participate in a healthy activity with their peers. DUSA objectives are to promote leadership, health, equality, and education. DUSA also serves as a way to connect the refugee children and youth with soccer players and clubs across the U.S. and globally. A vital connection for a group of people who feel isolated and forgotten. Download the Darfur United Soccer Academy Overview to learn more!

Kicks and Hope Curriculum

Experienced coaches from the U.S. travel with i-ACT to train refugee coaches  in the DUSA Kicks and Hope curriculum. The curriculum is rooted in the pillars of Peace, Helping, and Sharing, and strength-based coaching. Take a closer look at the Darfur United Soccer Academy Kicks and Hope Curriculum.

Academy Design

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Program Schedule

  • The Academy takes places six days a week
  • Boys and girls ages 6 – 13 attend the Academy in the afternoon, after their morning of primary school
  • Youth 14+ are given the opportunity to utilize the Academy field, equipment and guidance from coaches in the morning
  • Each child participant attends the Academy two days a week
  • Coaches provide each player with a DUSA membership card upon registering

Program Reach

  • Each DUSA is designed to reach 2,000 children per refugee camp, or 24,000 across the 12 camps in eastern Chad

Duration of Academy Session

  • The total  time frame for each DUSA session is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours
  • This allows for sufficient time to engage the children in an appropriate and safe learning environment on the field

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Five Launched. SEVEN More to Go.

Join the movement for hope. Help us open DUSA in all 12 camps.





Academy Captain:

Austin International Soccer

Assistant Coach Level:


Coach Level:

Rapinoe Soccer Camps


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