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Background

Today, the Karen represent one of the largest ethnic nationalities in Burma.
The Karen people have few written records of their origin story, but are known to have originated from Mongolia. They began to travel through China and Tibet and inhabit a land that is formerly known as Burma (now known as Myanmar) about two thousand years ago. Today, the Karen represent one of the largest ethnic nationalities in Burma. Due to war, the Karen people started resettling in western countries including, the USA, Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and England, in the late 1900s and early 2000s. The Karen Football Association (KFA) is based in the United States. KFA aims to develop a program that unites the community’s passion for football with the importance of gender equity. As an organization, and a team, we feel that it is our responsibility to be an influential role model for others; teaching our culture, and society, that women and men will always be on an equal playing field. We are thrilled to showcase both a women’s and men’s team, showing the world our passion for the game. The Karen FA joined CONIFA in late 2018.

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