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A Team Without A Nation | Tibetan Women's Football Team In India | 101 Heartland

How an American woman helped build the Tibetan Women's Football Team In India.

Tibet may not be recognised as an independent nation, but it has a women's football team. One based in India, no less. For decades, Tibetan refugees have called India home. Cassie Childers has helped some of them band together to form Tibet's Women's Football team. Coached by Gompo Dorjee, a former member of the Tibetan Men's Football team, these young girls want nothing more than the chance to represent their nation on an international stage. Recently, the team was denied visas to travel to the United States to play in a tournament. In response, the Vancouver International Soccer Festival invited the team to travel to Canada to participate. The tournament begins on 6th July 2017. 

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