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Hosts of Soccerfest

Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI)

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Migrant advocacy groups warn that Irish children are becoming increasingly racist, as figures show almost one in every five cases of racial abuse is perpetrated by under 18s.


Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) was founded in 1997 as a direct response to the growth of racist attacks from a small but vocal section of people in Ireland. This was a result of a dramatic increase in the number of foreign nationals living in Ireland.


SARI’s mission is to support cultural integration and social inclusion in Ireland by using sport, particularly football, as a medium to combat racism, sectarianism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination.


SARI’s Soccerfest is Ireland’s largest intercultural football tournament for men, women and children, attracting over 4000 people annually. While the organisation’s annual Fair Play Football Cup involves over 100 football players drawn from refugee and community groups aiming to highlight the contribution of refugees to communities throughout Ireland.

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Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI)
Perry Ogden, Executive Chair

Latest From Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI)

"SARI has made me more mature as an athlete and a person. Through the Young Leader programme I was able to develop the first soccer team for young Muslim women. I did this because I wanted to give back."

Abdul Hajji
participant in SARI Young Leaders programme
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