A white girls sport?

March 8, 2021

In the follow-up of the International Women’s Day on 8th March, this interactive Zoom online event discusses the situation of minority and migrant women in football, makes voices of women heard and aims to strengthen minority women in European football.


  • Carla Couto (Portugal record international)
  • Cynthia Uwak (former Nigerian national player and multiple player of the year)
  • Khalida Popal (former captain of the Afghan women’s football team, director of the Girl Power Organization in Denmark)
  • Layla Mousa (SPIN network, Uisp)
  • Joaquim Evangelista (President of the SJPF)
  • Moderation: Blanca De la Quintana, FC Barcelona foundation

An online event organised by the Sport Inclusion Network (SPIN) and hosted by SJPF – Sindicato dos Jogadores Profissionais de Futebol.


Female football is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Only recently governing bodies have started to promote female football on various levels. However, there are several challenges. For example, female football across Europe is still not very diverse in terms of ethnic background. Do women from ethnic minority communities have less interest in playing? Or do football structures and clubs as well as families discourage female minority participation? What is needed to include female refugees, migrants, and other discrimination contexts?

This online panel discussion intends to be a space of reflection and exchange, where voices of women in football will be heard. The event will bring sports practitioners perspectives to the fore and debate the work developed by football governing bodies and public authorities and their policies and regulations towards ethnic minority women in football.

These current topics are covered by the latest edition of “W”, the bilingual women’s football magazine of the Portuguese Players Union, which will be launched during the event.

The discussion is part of the Erasmus+ project SPIN Women, where achieving gender equality in sport through participation, empowerment and breaking down barriers is key.

Date and Time

Tuesday, 16 March 2021
16:00– 17:30 CET Berlin/ Vienna / 15:00-16:30 Lisbon / London
Language: English

How to join?

Zoom event with a livestream on the facebook page of SJPF where you can leave comments. Participation is free of charge, Registration is mandatory.

Zoom event with a live stream on the SJPF Facebook page
Register here: bit.ly/2OALa5T


16:00 – Introduction by moderator
16:05 – Opening Words by Joaquim Evangelista;
testimonial by from Carla Couto SJPF presentation of “W” magazine
16:20 – Panel discussion among the participants
17:00 – Open floor (questions from the public via Zoom and facebook)
17:20 – Closure
17:30 – End

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