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27 Jun, 2014

FIFA World Cup Fever Helps Build Peace With Football – Costa Rica Star

You don’t need a well-manicured grass pitch. You don’t even need all 22 players, or fancy uniforms … or even shoes, for that matter. All you need is a ball and people willing to play.

The most popular sport in the world – football (known as soccer in the USA) – can be played anywhere by anyone. That’s the simple beauty of a sport that traverses borders, has brought bitter enemies together, even stopped wars, and has been a unifying force across the planet.

Football for Peace one day, image by Aspect.org“As a consequence of its simplicity and global popularity, a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have noted the suitability of football as a mechanism to help build peace and promote social development in post-conflict societies,” wrote Joel Rookwood and Clive Palmer of Liverpool Hope University, UK, in a 2011 study entitled “Soccer & Society.”

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