Our Football Programme provides 3,800 boys, girls and young adults of all abilities with the opportunity to enjoy their youth and participate in sport. ISF currently works with around 30 state schools and NGOs in over eight provinces around Cambodia to develop grassroots football for severely disadvantaged children.
However, the 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 football 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.
ISF Sports Ground
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.
The sports ground, which is easily accessible in around 25 minutes from central Phnom Penh along the new Hun Sen Boulevard, is an integral part of our Football Programme. As the programme grew, limited access to suitable pitches began to jeopardise the matches and tournaments that are such a highlight for the players. This sparked action in 2013, when a significant donation enabled ISF to buy and begin development of its own sports complex.
When not in use for ISF events, the sports ground is available for private hire. ISF employs a groundsman year round to manage the facilities, and the grass football fields are maintained with support from Knowledge Tree and Jonathan Teo.
Support ISF’s Football Programme
Sponsor a football team for a year – US$4,055
- Sponsor a football festival for 500 children – US$5,000
Sponsor development of the ISF Sports Ground – US$5,000 – US$250,000
Results in Numbers
Football Leagues & Tournaments
ISF provides weekly training by one of ISF’s certified coaches to football teams in and around Phnom Penh. As part of the Football Programme, ISF also runs two annual grassroots football leagues and three annual tournaments to foster mutual understanding among thousands of disadvantaged children and young people in Cambodia. Currently, we run both an U14 Youth League and an U17 League (U18 for girls) from November to April and May to August each year.
Life Skills Training
ISF uses the Football Programme as a tool for development, delivering interactive and informative educational sessions to the participating children about the dangers of drugs, smoking, alcohol and gambling. In addition, ISF provides regular training on social issues such as human rights, trafficking, domestic violence, gender equality and self-respect.
All Abilities Football Programme
ISF offers players with physical and learning disabilities with rare opportunities to play football and be physically active. In 2011, we expanded our Football Programme to include deaf and hearing-impaired players, and in 2017, we expanded the programme again to include blind players and players with HIV/AIDS. The annual All Abilities Tournament is a dedicated tournament for hearing-impaired players and players with learning disabilities.
Our football coaches are role models for children in the community. Through ISF’s Football Programme, we provide leadership training to enhance their existing coaching and leadership skills and and teach them how to create a positive sporting environment for children. Since 2013, we have been working with Coaches Across Continents (CAC) to train coaches on using sports for social impact.
ISF’s main operations are in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. In rural areas, there are very few opportunities to engage in competitive football and access to grounds is limited. ISF organises annual football festivals in the provinces to promote football in rural communities, engage more children in physical activities and provide training to local coaches.
Through our Football Programme, we empower female players and coaches to reach their full potential and challenge the traditional gender roles and stereotypes of women in Cambodian society. ISF, along with the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC), has pioneered women’s football in Cambodia. We run an annual girls’ league and tournament.