OFFS for children in Lebanon
Lebanon is a country located in the Middle East, neighbouring Syria, and Israel. Lebanon is a multicultural society, with an active private sector, and a liberal and democratic political system. However, in the last three decades, the country has been plagued with civil wars, external wars, military occupations and acute political uncertainty.
The country has also seen a rise in sectarian divisions and animosity, which have manifested itself in periodic street clashes in Beirut and around the country. These have as late as in 2008 brought Lebanon to the verge of renewed sectarian strife.
Bringing together Lebanese children and refugee children
The problems of the country are apparent in all parts of the society, including the Lebanese Football Association and the professional football clubs, which are strongly politicized and divided between the different political, religious and ethnical groups.
This division in Lebanese football has often caused tension and conflict in the stands during football matches, which has resulted in a total ban on spectator football. Due to these problems, football is seen as something that can further divide the country instead of bringing the different groups together. Neither the clubs nor the FA has been focusing on establishing and organizing grassroots football in the country in a large scale.
Cross Cultures' Open Fun Football program is aiming at bringing together Lebanese children and refugee children promoting integration and inclusion.
Reports from the OFFS in Lebanon
Latest news from OFFS in Lebanon
Facts about Lebanon
Total population: 6,184,701 (July 2015 est.)
Share of children and youth under 25: 42.12%
Youth unemployment: 20.7% (2015)
Share of women in the labour market: 24.5%
Refugee population: 1,172,388 (2015)
Football players (registered/unregistered): 18,484/300,000
Female players: 100
Clubs with women’s teams: 3
Our work in the country 1998-2016
First year CCPA worked in the country: 2005
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Football clubs established: 23
Children involved: 5,681
Football Festivals: 887
Children attended: 25,171
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