The objective of FIFA’s Live Your Goals campaign is to encourage more young girls and women around the world to play football and to enjoy the positive experiences the game can bring. Across the world over 100 Live Your Goals festivals have already taken place and that tally grows every month. FIFA.com looks back on the latest developments in August, where festivals in Japan and Vanuatu took centre stage.
Japan: Continuing the FIFA tournament legacy
Even now, 12 months on from the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2012, the positive effects the competition had on young girls are still being felt all over Japan. Last year some 20 Live Your Goals festivals took place across the country, many of which were staged during the tournament. There has been no let up this year either, with over 100 participants enjoying three action-packed days at a festival in August (12 - 14), which included a visit from special guest Norio Sasaki, coach of Japan’s women’s national team, who took time out to chat with the players. A further Live Your Goals festival is planned for the start of November in Shizuoka, ensuring the legacy of last year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup lives long into the future.
Vanuatu: Encouraging girls and supporting women’s football
August in Vanuatu brought with it not only a women’s football course, but also a Live Your Goals festival. Aided by the course participants, the women’s department of the Vanuatu Football Association organised the festival, with the aim of promoting women’s football and encouraging more young girls to play the game. Over 70 participants from schools in the capital Port Vila took part, helping make the event a resounding success. “It’s fantastic to see so many girls playing football,” said Chan Shuk Chi, head coach of the Hong Kong women’s national side. “I’m sure everyone really enjoyed it.”
Japan and Vanuatu were not the only countries to stage Live Your Goals festivals in August. Two further events were organised in Northern Ireland and Costa Rica, the country set to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014.