The Street Soccer methodology (also known as Futbol Callejero), uses sport as a tool for conflict mediation, community organization, and advancing a culture of peace. The practice is carried out with mixed teams of women and men and the rules are collectively defined based on three core values: cooperation, solidarity, and respect.
For Ação Educativa, football is one of the most enchanting expressions of peripheral culture, being present in all communities located on the outskirts of metropolitan areas. The Brazilian organization views culture as a right and as an exercise of citizenship. The urban outskirts are its priority space for action, since in areas that border metropolitan regions, especially in the city of São Paulo, the right to culture is violated due to the absence or insufficiency of public policies.
In this guide, Ação Educativa presents eight initiatives in which the practice of football works as an important tool to deconstruct prejudices and confront gender inequality biases that affect girls, women, and LGBTQI+ people.
Considering that football is a sport historically dominated by men and often associated with masculinity, these initiatives carried out in Brazil and in other Latin American countries present different ways to promote safe spaces for dialogue, tolerance, gender equality, and a culture of peace, whether in stadiums, amateur fields, indoor courts, or in the stands.