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Farkhunda Muhtaj is an Afghan-Canadian professional footballer captaining the Afghanistan Women's National Football Team and competing in the Dutch Eredevisie for Fortuna Sittard Vrouwen. She is a social activist championing gender equality, anti-racism education, refugee and newcomer support and humanitarian relief through sport and physical wellness initiatives.

She is the co-founder and director of Scarborough Simbas, a non-profit organization that uses sport to help ease the settlement journey of refugees and newcomers to Canada.

Farkhunda is a prolific keynote speaker speaking at global conferences on issues relating to sport and social justice and on her experience playing an instrumental role in the evacuation of the Afghanistan Youth National Team in 2021.

Muhtaj has been featured in many articles and documentaries including the BBC, CBC, AP News, NPR, Al Jazeera, People's Magazine, Elle Magazine and more.

In 2022, she was recognized as a Top 30 Alumni Under 30 by York University.


Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science,

York University, 2019.

Science - Health and Physical Education, Bachelor of Education, York University, 2021.


Varsity Student-Athlete 2015-2020.

OUA All-Star

USport Academic All-Canadian

Captain, York Lions


  • York University Top 30 Alumni Under 30, 2022

  • Canadian Premier League (CPL) - Volkswagen Starting XI

        Game changer Award 2022

  • Canadian Council of Muslim Women - Women Who Inspire Award 2022


  • Community Leadership Award Office of the Mayor, City of Clarington 2021

  • Canadian Afghan Sport Association Community Leadership Award, 2021


  • U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian Award 2019 - 2020

  • OUA All-Star 2019-2020

  • Mary Lyons Excellence Award 2020

  • York U Sports Excellence Award 2016 - 2020

  • York U Athletic Scholarship 2015 - 2020


  • FIFA-UEFA Women in Football Leadership Development Programme, Switzerland, 2022

  • Canadian Ambassador for a Day, Lisbon, Portugal, 2022

Current Roles

Professional Footballer:

National Team: Captain, Afghanistan Women's National Football Team


Club: Fortuna Sittard (Netherlands)


Co-Founder and Director - Scarborough Simbas


Director - Conscience and Culture, Respect Group Inc.

Ambassador: INKEY List, UNHCR Netherlands, Common Goal, Penny Appeal Canada

Board Member: League 1 Ontario Women's Soccer

Speaking Engagements

Benfica FC: Football and Social Justice

October 1, 2021

Lisbon, Portugal

Sporting CP: Football and Human Rights

October 15, 2021

Lisbon, Portugal

FC Barcelona: Global Active Citizenship and Football

November 22, 2021

Barcelona, Spain

Keynote Speaker

Fair Game UK: International Women's Day

March 8, 2022

London, UK

Keynote Speaker

York University: Women's Empowerment Health and Wellbeing

March 18, 2022

Toronto, Canada


York University: Student Leadership and Development 

May 13, 2022

Toronto, Canada

Keynote Speaker

Tbilisi Women's International Conference: Leaders on Conflict, Peace, and Security

June 17, 2022

Tbilisi, Georgia


AURA: World Refugee Day

June 18, 2022

Toronto, Canada

Keynote Speaker

London Climate Action Week Conference: Sports and Sustainability

June 28, 2022

London, England


Qatar FIFA WC Women and Football

October 11, 2022

Doha, Qatar


SponsorshipX: The Era of Belonging; Sport to advance social justice

November 23, 2022

Montreal, Canada


Tribeca Film Festival Premiere 'Ayenda'

June 10, 2023

New York, USA

Featured Talent

OUA Diversity in Sport Conference

June 24, 2023

Toronto, Canada

Keynote Speaker

UNHCR Euro Unity Cup

June 28, 2023

Frankfurt, Germany


WhatsApp Premiere: "We are Ayenda"

July 26, 2023

New York, USA

Featured Talent + Panelist



Get in Touch

Toronto, Canada

Sittard, Netherlands

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