FIFA Fair Play Day during Women's World Cup
This year's FIFA World Fair Play Day will be held in the middle of the Women's World Cup - but will again also be aimed to appeal to people playing the game at all levels throughout the world.
The FIFA Security and Fair Play Committee agreed at its meeting in Zurich that the third Fair Play Day would be organised on the weekend of 26/27 June. It will coincide with matches of the Women's World Cup in the United States, including the game in Boston between the USA and North Korea as well as Canada-Russia, China-Australia, Ghana-Sweden, Norway-Japan, Mexico-Italy, Germany-Brazil and Nigeria-Denmark.
"The impact of last year's Fair Play Day during France 98, and especially the attention paid to the match that day between the United States and Iran, showed the impact of fair play gestures at the highest level of the game," said Committee Chairman Dr. Antonio Matarrese (Italy).
"Although the month of June is relatively quiet for professional football in many parts of the world, Fair Play Day is just as much aimed at grass-roots football which is still active then, and we are sure there will be plenty of fair play projects in many countries of the world as there have been in the past two years."
It was decided to encourage such active participation by offering prizes to the countries creating the most active and original Fair Play Day projects.
The Committee also agreed in principle to the Fair Play event in 2000 being turned into a multi-sport occasion, with other international sports federations invited to join FIFA in the promotion of Fair Play on a date to be fixed.