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
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.
"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.
Gender Equality Collective Impact Award
Soccer Without Borders Uganda has been named one of four recipients of the Beyond Sport 2020 Sport for Gender Equality Collective Impact Award, presented by Comic Relief.
The organizations - all based in eastern and southern Africa - have been chosen to work together during the year to advance United Nations Global Goal 5: Gender Equality.
In addition to grant funding, Beyond Sport will provide SWB Uganda with “business support tools and strategic guidance to support their collective efforts to accelerate sustainable social change through sport.”