Allyship & Collective Action

“So I’m asking you: Jump on the train. Some people are always going to hate. Some people are always going to criticize you. But don’t be scared. Don’t be silent. We will stand with you. We just want to know that you stand with us.”

– Kevin Prince Boateng

Key Coaching Points

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Allyship, like being a good teammate, means we show up and speak up for others

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Genuine allyship requires that we see, hear and support the needs of others

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We must reach out to others to grow our team of allies because it takes all of us to make lasting change

Challenges

Stories from the Field

Allyship & Collective Action 

In this challenge, players will draw on real-life examples from the soccer world to engage in meaningful discussion about the way allyship and collective action can create powerful change in our communities

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Educate:

Allyship Opening Circle

In this activity, participants will self-reflect on what it means to be an ally and then share with the group

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Exchange:

Over the River

This challenge takes a classic soccer activity and focuses on the experience of the outnumbered defenders to spark a conversation on how to be an ally

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Exchange:

Pass Like an Ally

This challenge will push players to practice good communication given different parameters during a passing drill

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Activate:

Reimagine Game Day

In this activity, players will work together to create a plan for game day to practice allyship throughout game day

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Activate:

Empathy With the Referee

In this challenge, players will learn to see a soccer game as a collective movement, and grapple with the notion that genuine allyship requires a powerful combination of empathy and action

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Stories from the Field

A Call to Action

To My White Brothers and Sisters by Kevin Prince Boateng

  1. Why was it so important to Boateng that his teammates walked off the field with him after he experienced racist abuse from fans?
  2. What does Boateng think of the actions of big organizations like FIFA? What responsibility does FIFA have in this situation?

 

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No Perfect Way to Protest

Why I Am Kneeling by Megan Rapinoe

  1. What does allyship mean to Megan Rapinoe?
  2. What do you think Rapinoe means when she writes “I look like your sister, your friend, your neighbor or the girl your kids go to school with. I am the person sitting at your dinner table and coming to your holiday party.”?
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View from Afar

Lilian Thuram sees MLS’s Black Players for Change as a template

  1. Why did the Black Players for Change collective inspire French soccer star Lilliam Thuram?
  2. What do you learn from the comparison Thuram makes between racism in France and the United States?
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