Female footballer from Karachi becomes the first to secure a spot in prestigious FIFA course

A 26-year-old Pakistani female footballer is setting an example for young women of Pakistan who love sports by becoming the first female footballer from Pakistan to have secured a spot in the very well known FIFA Masters Course at De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K.

Khadija Kazmi wants to change the state of affairs in the sports industry of Pakistan with her skills and passion for football, a sport that is loved across Pakistan but rarely given any chance to grow by the local authorities.

Khadija is amongst 32 other footballers from around the world who have been selected for the master’s course to take place in 2018.

She aims to educate her self and learn advanced skills from international coaches to help her aid in her mission to improve the football standards in Pakistan. She also hopes that she will inspire other women to step up and play the sport.

More about Khadija Kazmi

Khadija has been playing football since a very young age. But due to lack of interest in the sport from women, she had to mostly play with boys.

Kazmi joined Diya Women’s Karachi, a football club that invited her to play for them regularly. But it soon became quite frustrating when she learned there was serious lack of training and technique at the club. She had to resort to YouTube videos to improve her football game.

The 26-year-old is already doing wonders for the football industry. She has established a women football club with help of an NGO. She is now running a football programme for girls aged 3-18 years in the Sindh province.