FIFA launched the Live Your Goals campaign with the idea of encouraging more and more girls and young women around the world to take up the game of football and embrace the positive experiences it has to offer. Synonymous with hope, fun and a sense of belonging, women’s football deserves both society’s acceptance and its respect - aims that Live Your Goals is striving to achieve.
FIFA.com rounds up the activities held in February as part of the ongoing initiative.
Moldova: A memorable event
The Moldovan Football Association (FMF) laid on a three-day seven-a-side competition for its young female footballers on 11-13 February, with 180 girls aged between ten and 12 and from all over the country taking part. A great time was had by all at the event, which gave the youngsters a chance to express themselves, show their skills and score goals, while the keepers also had every opportunity to show what they could do. At the end of the tournament, which was attended by FMF Secretary General Nicolae Cebotari, FMF vice-president Ruslan Berzoi and project coordinator Natalia Ceban, the participants were given flags, balls and posters as souvenirs.
Costa Rica: National heroes take the stage
Every young footballer dreams of meeting a national team player and getting advice from them, a dream that came true for the participants at the Live Your Goals festival held in the Costa Rican city of Heredia last month. Organised with the aim of getting young girls interested in football as well as highlighting what the game has to offer in terms of life-enriching experiences and helping players to grow as people, the event was attended by national women’s team coach Amelia Valverde and four of her players: Gloriana Villalobos, Karla Villalobos, Mariana Benavidez and Dinnia Diaz. Together with their team-mates, they have taken the Costa Rican women’s game to new heights. In qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the very first time in the country’s history, Valverde’s players beat Mexico, Jamaica and Martinique in the group phase of the qualifying competition before going down on penalties to Trinidad and Tobago in the semi-finals.
Jordan: Women’s World Cup fever spreading fast
An LYG festival was held at the Prince Mohammed Stadium in the Jordanian city of Zarqa on 27 February. Organised by the Jordanian Football Association (JFA) as part of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 Legacy programme, the event sought to promote football among the country’s younger generations and build on the growing sense of anticipation generated by next year’s tournament. More than 140 children aged between six and 14 took part in the festival, with highly qualified coaches providing an introduction to the game for beginners and more advanced coaching for players already familiar with the game.
Other LYG activities
February also saw the Live Your Goals Tour continue, with the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy making yet more stopovers in the countries that have qualified for Canada 2015.