In two years time Jordan will make history as the first Arabic nation to host a global women’s tournament when the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup takes place in west Asia.
The Jordan Football Association has set about building women’s football via a methodical approach to participation and player development. Even at senior level they have been at the vanguard of women’s football in their region, and earlier this year were the lone west Asian nation to qualify for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in a continent long dominated by east Asian nations.
Now, the Jordan FA is looking to support the stars of tomorrow ahead of welcoming the world in 2016. FIFA’s Live Your Goals programme, which was enjoyed increased global interest in recent times, was held today in Amman to coincide with the launch of the Legacy Programme for Jordan 2016.
Over 150 girls aged 6-14 were in attendance at the Polo Arena in Amman, enjoying skill-based activities and small-sided games, as well as also having the opportunity to meet Jordan’s LYG Ambassadors; Hiba Fakher Al-Deen, Malak Shannak and Tasneem Abu Al Rob.
The Jordan FA's impressive Legacy Programme for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is based around breaking down cultural barriers, promoting solidarity and empowering women to play sport. The youngsters enjoying football today may not have known it, but they have taken a significant step towards living their goals.