International: Barawa FA

Another nation that doesn’t play its home games in the country it shares its name with today, as we look at Barawa FA.

Barawa represent the Somalian Diaspora in England, meaning that the team is for expatriate Somalis who reside in areas of the world that have traditionally not been inhabited by their ethnic group. The civil war in Somalia greatly increased the size of the Somali diaspora, as many Somalis moved from Greater Somalia primarily to regions of Asia and Western Europe.

The team is named Barawa after a port town in Somalia and despite playing their home games in London, since their founding in 2015 the team have been using football as a tool, with the aim is to expose the barawanese cultural around the world and actively redevelop football in the south region of Somalia. Therefore despite not playing in Somalia the team still want to improve life for those still in Somalia.

Since joining ConIFA in June 2016, Barawa have been one of the most active sides in the entire confederation. Playing mainly during the summer months when the football season has finished in the UK, the team has featured in the World Unity Cup in 2016 and a number of friendlies.

Barawa Line up at the 2018 World Cup

It was announced in 2017 that Barawa was to host the 2018 ConIFA World Cup. However, under ConIFA’s criteria, the “host” is the ConIFA member that heads the organising committee for the tournament, which does not necessarily mean that it needs to be played in the host’s territory.

Barawa reached the Quarter Finals of the competition before being defeated by Northern Cyprus.

With the next World Cup to be held in 2020 in Somaliland, we look forward to watching the guys at Barawa trying to qualify for tournament.

Everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ would just like to wish everyone representing Barawa all the best for the future on and off the pitch.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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