GIRLS IN THE GAME
Investing in girls creates a ripple effect that carries through to her family, community, and her future. Girls who play sports improve academically, increase confidence and make healthier choices. Yet globally, less than 10% of the "world's game" are female.
Soccer has a powerful influence at an individual, community, and global level. Full participation in a soccer team gives girls an opportunity to understand their bodies as athletes, build their confidence and voice as leaders, and access a community of supportive peers and mentors.
Toward Global Goal 5
Girls served, most playing on their first-ever team
Of annual core program participants are girls
Of Soccer Without Borders Coaches are female
high school graduation rate (girls) in our most recent year
Countries represented by girls in core programs
Female coaches trained by Soccer Without Borders
"I don't know what type of person I would be if FSF (SWB) weren't part of my life. I feel that its influence has formed me to be who I am. To be part of the leadership council, to feel the desire to help, to be with the girls in the program, to share with them, and to listen to their desires and dreams. Soccer Without Borders hasn't changed my life, Soccer Without Borders formed my life."
-Natalia M., first joined SWB at age 7 and is now a program graduate, assistant coach, and attends University through our SWB scholarship program.
Our World Cup
From June 29 to July 8, 2019, forty delegations representing the leading football for development organizations from around the world headed to Lyon, France for a festival of football, fair play, and advancing gender equality.
Check out the recap and view the video features from Fox Sports about our delegation.
GOAL 5 ACCELERATORS
Global Goal 5 Accelerators take a whole-context approach to accelerating fellow Football for Good organizations' efforts toward gender equality through football. Each accelerator brings together a cohort of organizations regionally to build girls’ participation, advance pipelines and pathways for female coaches, elevate female leaders, and change perceptions in our communities.
Through the U.S. State Department's SportsUnited program, partnerships with U.S. Embassies, and other local initiatives, we connect female leaders and coaches across organizations and countries . We have led and participated in exchanges focuses on girls and women in South Africa, Pakistan, Nepal, Nicaragua, Colombia, Argentina, Egypt, Israel, the United States, and Vietnam.
WOMEN'S SPORTS CORPS
Women’s Sports Corps is advancing gender equity by investing in women coaches as the key to unlocking girls' participation and perception change. Women's Sports Corps is an expansion of the former Soccer Without Borders "Team Leader" Program, and operates in partnership between Women Win.