Sisterhood FC: football club for Muslim women breaks barriers – photo essay | Sport

On a soccer pitch in a central London park, Sisterhood Football Club – a Muslim women’s team – is making a substitution.

“Your hijab, tuck it in. It can’t get in the way,” a teammate calls out as the replacement player runs on.

Sisterhood FC team members practise during a training session at Dockland Settlements Community Centre

Despite the warmth of the afternoon, all of Sisterhood’s players are clothed from head to foot in the club’s all-black colours. Some wear training trousers, almost all of them have hijab head scarves and one is in a body-length abaya robe.

On the sidelines, a squad member unfurls a mat and kneels to pray while her teammates play on against a team led by…

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