UN Global Goals 2016 World Cup
Many of our players in Europe recently took part in the UN Global Goals World Cup as part of the Girl Power Organization's Football Team. The Girl Power Team, as you may know from this site, is a group of refugee and immigrant women who live in different European countries and come as together to play and use football as a tool to encourage other women around the world to stand for their rights.
The UN Global Goals World Cup is in its first year and was comprised of 24 teams. Each team was playing for one of the 17 global goals. The UN's Global Goal initiative and descriptions of each goal can be found here: http://www.globalgoals.org/#the-goals. Our team pledged that they were playing for Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities.
On May 15th, the Afghanistan WNT players traveled from Holland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, to Copenhagen and enjoyed their first training together as a group in quite some time. It was good to get everyone together to bond and to shake off any jetlag and pre-tournament jitters. The training session made for some good laughs and great memories!
The tournament kicked off on May 17th and the team won all games in the first round, emerging as the group winner. They then advanced to the semifinals beating Danish team Metro Express with a score of 3-1. Unfortunately, the team lost in the final to Youth Fighters, also from Denmark, with a score of 1-3. It was an amazing experience and the team got to meet many people including Monica Gonzalez, former Team Captain of the Mexican Women's National Team, FIFA Executive Moya Dodd, and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thoring-Schmidt.
Congrats to our players for participating in such a worthy event and for reaching as far as they did. They are role models who can influence other women that come from different cultures and backgrounds to integrate in their societies and to not be afraid to participate in sports and lead healthy lifestyles. Their teammates around the world and the staff are very proud of them and their efforts!!
A video of highlights from the trip and tournament can be viewed on the Afghanistan WNT YouTube Channel at: https://youtu.be/9G0AyhQY9l8