Girls' education campaigns

FIFA Women's World Cup 2003

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Children play football at the launch of the FIFA-UNICEF alliance at the United Nations

FIFA, soccer’s international governing body and an established UNICEF partner, dedicated this year’s Women’s World Cup to Go Girls! Education for Every Child.

The international soccer tournament kicked off on September 20 and was played in various cities throughout the US. It began with 16 teams from around the world: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the USA.

Germany and Sweden made it through to the final. And after a 1-1 full-time scoreline, Germany became the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Champions by scoring a golden goal in extra time.

Go Girls! was seen and heard throughout the tournament and in a variety of ways – from stadium announcements and video screenings to match programmes and web pages.

FIFA has also donated more than 600 “sport-in-a-box” kits to support UNICEF programmes around the world. These kits which contain everything you need for a game of soccer will be used to encourage girls to attend school and to play sport. Read more...

And on October 11, Global Girls Football Day, UNICEF country offices and FIFA national associations around the world came together to mobilize efforts for girls’ education through the power of sport.

UNICEF and FIFA announced their direct alliance in 2001, and the following year FIFA dedicated the World Cup to UNICEF’s Say Yes for Children campaign. Nearly 95 million children and adults from around the world pledged their support during the campaign for the things all children need and should have. With education identified as the most important, Go Girls! is building on the efforts of Say Yes.


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