FIFA launched the Live Your Goals (LYG) campaign to get more young girls and women around the world interested in football and inspire them to get involved and create positive experiences. Women’s football instils a sense of optimism, fun, belonging and physical health, and today the female side of the sport is not only socially acceptable but extremely well-respected.
With that in mind, more and more national associations are now engaging in FIFA's Live Your Goals programme. FIFA.com takes a look back at the initiative’s activities in May. Events took place in Moldova, Estonia, Costa Rica and Paraguay with many more scheduled in the coming months especially in the north half of the globe as summer continues to bloom.
Paraguay: Rain did not deter 45 girls between the ages of 6-12 from showing up at the APF (Asociacion Paraguaya de Futbol) Elite training centre in Ypane for the first of many LYG Festivals to be held in Paraguay during 2014. It was a special occasion in more ways than one, being the first time the facility has been opened to anyone other than national team players. The girls came from local schools and had a morning of fun, playing football, meeting and taking pictures with members of the women's U-20 national team. At the end of the event they took pictures, received trophies and balls, and promised to come back for the next LYG Festival.
Moldova: The south-eastern European nation of Moldova was the latest to benefit from the Live Your Goals programmes with two events taking place during the month taking in various parts of the country. A delegation including Moldovan Federation Technical Director Ghenadie Scurtul took coaches through a seminar prior to the hosting of events in the north, south and central parts of the country.
*Other festivals *
In addition to the LYG festivals listed above, events were also held in Estonia and Costa Rica.
*Upcoming festivals *
June promises to be another busy month for FIFA when it comes to developing women’s football, with festivals scheduled to take place in Moldova, Armenia, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Paraguay and Azerbaijan.