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FIFA to hold first Women’s Convention; France 2019 Poster unveiled

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura announced about the First Global Women’s Football Convention
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura (Image: Facebook)

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, FIFA announced that a Global Women’s Football Convention will be held this June in Paris, ahead of the kick-off of the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France.

First Global Women’s Football Convention

The first FIFA Women’s Football Convention will assemble leaders from the worlds of sports and politics for the first time on June 6-7. The convention will discuss key issues around the development and empowerment of women in football.

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Last year FIFA launched its first-ever Women’s Football Strategy in line with the organisation’s overall strategic road map FIFA 2.0 which aims to grow the game of football, protect its integrity and bring it to all.

The FIFA’s Women’s Football Strategy is committed to harnessing the power of football and using competitions to highlight the positive social impact the game has on women and girls around the world. These principals were the inspiration behind the convention and its discussions will focus on the five strategic pillars of the FIFA Women’s Football Strategy:

  1. Develop and Grow
  2. Showcase
  3. Communicate and Commercialize
  4. Govern and Lead
  5. Educate and Empower

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Speaking about the Global Women’s Football Convention FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: “Today, as we unite on International Women’s Day and commit to #BalanceforBetter, I am delighted to announce that FIFA is organising a landmark forum dedicated to women’s football – the Global Women’s Football Convention.

“It will bring leaders from sport and politics together to discuss furthering diversity and equality, both on and off the pitch. The convention will harness the spirit of the tournament slogan, Dare to Shine, with encouragement and empowerment of the next generation of girls and women at the core of the event.”

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“I believe that the future is bright if we use the societal benefits of football, working alongside our stakeholders, to empower women and girls around the world.”

Information on the panel of speakers for the event (Global Women’s Football Convention), as well details on how to register for media accreditation will be made available over the coming weeks.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™: Official Poster unveiled

In other things, the Official Poster for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 was unveiled in Paris. It coincided with International Women’s Day.

The bespoke design of the Official Poster reflects the cultural creed of this tournament: ensuring a level playing field for women’s football and empowerment through football for girls, women and society in general.

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With a woman’s face as the central feature, set against the background of a football, the work of art encapsulates the essence of this eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup:

  1. The shards of bright yellow light in the poster reflect light and illumination – the key elements of the creative concept for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – captured by the tournament’s Official Slogan: Dare to Shine™.
  2. Her hair is slightly windswept in a nod to female empowerment sweeping the globe.
  3. Her expression is determined and her gaze ambitious, echoing the skills of each of the 24 teams competing and their desire to become FIFA Women’s World Cup champions.

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The Official Poster was unveiled beside those of each of the nine Host Cities at the Galerie Celal* in Paris and will be available for public viewing on Saturday and Sunday, 9 and 10 March from 13:00 to 18:00 CET.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will take place from 7 June to 7 July and feature 24 teams contesting 52 matches in nine Host Cities: Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes.

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