A Girls' Game


“It's a boys' game.” But what happens when a girl feels passionate about football? Three unique stories illustrate the challenges women footballers face.

  • €20,450 Budget in Euros
  • 2018 Final release date
  • 9 Round winner
  • 4 Locations
  • 6 Durations in months

“It's a boys' game” is a refrain that is often repeated to young sportswomen. But what happens when a girl feels passionate about football?
In the Gambia, genital mutilation remains widespread despite a recent ban. Meanwhile, women's football is growing. Fatim Jawara, the 19-year-old goalkeeper of The Gambia’s national team, drowned last year in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe to find a team to play for. One of her team mates, Ajara Samba, is now a Fifa Live your Goals ambassador and says that football can change cultural perceptions and empower Gambian girls, avoiding tragic deaths like Jawara's.
Brazil's Marta, named Fifa World Player of the Year five times, is commonly known as Pele with skirts, despite scoring more than Pele for Brazil. She had to play with boys while growing up. Only at age 18, after leaving football-crazy Brazil and arriving in Sweden, did she manage to develop her own career.
Nadia Nadim is a strong role model for young girls in Denmark: she started playing football in a refugee camp after a long journey she took with her mother and her four sisters from Afghanistan. She is now the first naturalised Dane to represent the Danish national football team. In January 2018, she started playing for Manchester City in England.
We will use football and these three personal stories as a starting point to explore many of the underlying issues behind gender inequality.

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