Laek Kassem from the Auburn Tigers

Muslim Women Find a New Goal with AFL

Monday, May 30, 2011

Peter Lalor, The Australian

Here in the heartlands of rugby league, tabouleh and fully sick cars, a green shoot of Australian football has taken root.

The Auburn Tigers football side that trains every Wednesday is not, however, just another team. It is a primarily Muslim team. A primarily Muslim women's football team.

At the National Press Club this week, AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou spoke about the challenges facing his code and asked: "How do we make our game relevant to a 10-year-old Muslim girl?"

The answer is: get her older sisters to sign up for the Auburn Tigers and watch her follow.

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Reprinted with permission for The Australian


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