As part of the Auckland Football Federation’s drive to encourage youth participation, a major roll-out of FIFA’s popular Live Your Goals program was held in Auckland over the past fortnight.
The campaign, which was initially launched to coincide with the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011, aims to increase the popularity of women’s football locally, nationally and globally, and demonstrate that girls and women can live their goals through football.
The Live Your Goals program in Auckland was the second to be held in the region, following last year’s inaugural roll-out.
Auckland Football Federation’s FIFA Live Your Goals week saw no less than 9 events take place over 9 days across the federation with school-based 5v5 game festivals the centrepiece.
1,137 young players participated, taking part in a variety of football-related activities. On hand at the opening few days of the festival was New Zealand U-20 international Liz Anton. Anton was able to share her knowledge and experience with local coaches, school teachers and players.
“What I liked the most about being involved in the junior football festivals was being able to see young girls enjoying their football, whether they had been playing for a while or if it was their first time.
“By being involved it also let me see some of the talent that these kids have, giving hope to future Football Fern generations.
“FIFA Live Your Goals made me feel happy. It made me remember when I was at their age just starting out, it made me feel grateful for the opportunities that football has brought me already.”