Our inclusive Football Programme, shortlisted for the 2018 Beyond Sport Sport for Health and Well-being Award,  provides over 4,000 boys, girls and young adults of all abilities with the opportunity to enjoy their youth and participate in children’s football in Cambodia. We work with state schools and NGOs in over eight provinces to develop grassroots football for severely disadvantaged children.

However, our Football Programme is about more than the joy of sport. It provides children with necessary knowledge and life skills to help them grow into happy and healthy adults. ISF and its coaches use training sessions as an important vehicle for social change and utilise coaches as pos­itive role models for young players who often lack them. Our Football Programme is sustainable and able to grow to meet the needs of the local communities.

In 2016, we opened the ISF Sports Ground, a purpose-built football field in Phnom Penh. It comprises two full-sized grass football fields (109×72m and 103×65m), an all-weather futsal pitch (30×21m), toilet and changing facilities, free parking and shading for spectators.

AIA-ISF Youth League – Latest results

2019-01-09T15:45:32+00:00January 9th, 2019|

AIA-ISF Youth League 2018/2019: Latest results The AIA-ISF Youth League 2018/19 launched on 9 December 2018 for a new, 6-month season.  The league is a joint effort between ISF and AIA (Cambodia) Life Insurance Plc (“AIA Cambodia”) with technical support from AIA’s Global Principal Partner Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (“Spurs”). The league offers boys and [...]

2018: Year in review

2019-01-04T21:55:12+00:00January 2nd, 2019|

2018 has been a successful and exciting year for all of us at ISF, in Cambodia. We’ve received international recognition in the form of awards and shortlists for our Football Programme and we’ve welcomed 80 new students into our Catch-up Education Programme as well as seen many students graduate and progress to state school and [...]

ISF’s Deaf Football Tournament brings marginalised children together

2019-01-09T11:07:06+00:00December 19th, 2018|

On Sunday, 16 December 2018, Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) held a Football Tournament for deaf and hearing impaired players at the ISF Sports Ground, Phnom Penh. This inclusive tournament is one of the few events of it’s kind in Cambodia which offers opportunities for youth with disabilities to play sport competitively. Currently, ISF’s inclusive Football [...]

AIA-ISF Youth League continues to promote a healthier future

2018-12-18T20:54:43+00:00December 9th, 2018|

AIA-ISF Youth League 2018/2019: Cambodia’s Largest Community Football Programme Continues to Promote a Healthier Future Cambodia’s largest community football programme launched its 6-month youth league for a new season today at the ISF Sports Ground in Preah Theat Village, Phnom Penh. The AIA-ISF Youth league is a joint effort between local charity Indochina Starfish Foundation [...]

Celtic coaches in Cambodia

2019-01-04T10:50:07+00:00November 12th, 2018|

On 18 October 2018, two coaches from CELTIC FC came to coach ISF coaches at our Education Centre in Stung Meanchey. Coaches Graham Diamond and PJ Corr covered basic skills such as passing, receiving and controlling (especially thinking ability). Twenty ISF coaches participated in the training. This is the second consecutive year we've welcomed the Celtic coaches [...]

Community Football League 2018: Results

2018-11-15T11:42:23+00:00November 4th, 2018|

ISF's award-winning, inclusive Football Programme is the widest-reaching grassroots football programme in Cambodia, reaching almost 4,000 children and integrating almost 350 players with a wide range of disabilities. As part of our programme we run a Community League every year which provides opportunities for players from villages around the ISF Sports Ground to compete. During this [...]

All Abilities Football Tournament brings players together

2018-11-15T11:44:41+00:00October 26th, 2018|

On Wednesday, 24 October 2018 we held an All Abilities Football Tournament at the ISF Sports Ground, Phnom Penh. This inclusive tournament brought together players with physical and intellectual disabilities as well as players living with HIV and is one of the few events of it's kind in Cambodia which offers opportunities for youth with disabilities [...]

Football league inspires Cambodian youth

2018-10-24T16:34:19+00:00October 18th, 2018|

Chhay Theara* and his family relocated from the southeastern Cambodian province of Prey Veng to the country’s capital Phnom Penh in 2010. Chhay, who was just seven years old at the time joined ISF to study in grade 1. At the same time, Chhay also joined ISF’s Football Programme. Theara, now 15 years old and [...]

Promoting SDGs outside the classroom in Cambodia

2018-11-12T14:39:05+00:00October 1st, 2018|

From 25 to 28 September 2018, the ISF Football Program conducted the Coaches Across Continents – ISF Social Impact training with 31 ISF students (aged 16-18) that will act as role models in their community. These students were selected by our social workers based on their school attendance, performance, results, behaviors and attitudes. Those who were [...]

AIA-ISF Youth League keeps Cambodian youth focused

2018-09-28T10:59:58+00:00September 28th, 2018|

Yim Sovath coaches 78 children and young adults aged 10-22 years old of mixed abilities each week, providing technical football skills and social impact training. Many of his players participate in the AIA-ISF Youth League which he acknowledges as the driving force behind the focus and determination of his players to succeed. Sovath is a [...]

Football event promotes fair play, equality & teamwork

2018-11-15T11:52:27+00:00September 25th, 2018|

Currently, our award-winning, inclusive football programme is the widest-reaching grassroots football programme in Cambodia, reaching almost 4,000 children and integrating almost 350 players with a wide range of disabilities. We are committed to increasing access to sports for children and youth with disabilities by delivering football coaching sessions, holding games and activities tailored to their [...]

World Peace Day: Conflict Resolution Through Football

2018-09-21T14:37:03+00:00September 21st, 2018|

To mark World Peace Day (21 September 2018), our coaches integrated a conflict resolution game into our recent community football festival held in Banteay Meanchey, a province in Cambodia’s northwest. The game “Marta for Conflict Resolution, developed by Coaches Across Continents, is a high energy game, requiring quick thinking and problem solving skills. Six teams [...]