The Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 has launched ‘Football for All’ in the New Delhi on Friday.
More than 300 kids from NGOs, football academies and schools participated in the ‘Kick Off The Dream’ football carnival and took part in the various activities at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The highlight of the day was the 5 vs 5 football challenge which saw eight teams participating, and My Angels Academy winning the knockout tournament in style.
The carnival, focused on also educating the young children about women’s football saw the children participate in activities like quizzes, crossbar challenge and volley challenge.
“By hosting the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, we want to encourage more kids, especially girls, to take up the beautiful game of football. For that, we need to change mindset about the possibility of playing sports professionally,” said tournament director Roma Khanna.
“Even simple things like sharing trivia about women’s football with the children can be a way to tell them these impressive and unheard stories that can make an impact.”
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 also aims to use football as a tool for equality and inclusion. With that in mind, the carnival also saw UN Women conduct a game that was aimed at educating the young crowd about generational equality.
The participants were posed with the choice of kicking the ball towards one of the two messages on two goals. For example, one displayed a message of ‘girls don’t like sports’, and another that had ‘girls can choose to like/dislike whatever they please’.
Similarly, theme messages were displayed at different times, and the choice was posed to the children to understand and learn holistically the idea of equality.
The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 will take place between November 2 to 21.