29th June – 8th July 2019

Lyon, France

This summer, in parallel to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, Festival 19 will take place in Lyon, France, from 29th June to 8th July. The event will bring together disadvantaged young people from across the globe to champion football’s unique power in advancing our push towards achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. The festival will be hosted by local organisation Sport Dans la Ville and jointly organised by Sport dans la Ville and streetfootballworld.
 
Festival 19 will explore the contributions of the field of football for good to the promotion of gender equality on and off the pitch and take participants on an inspiring ten day journey of cross-cultural exchange, empowering girls and young women to take on leadership roles in their communities and raise awareness for the collective need of an equal game for an equal world.

PARTICIPATING DELEGATIONS

THE FESTIVAL19 IN NUMBERS

48

ORGANISATIONS

304

PARTICIPANTS

PROGRAMME ELEMENTS

  • YOUTH

    FORUM

    Taking place between 29th June to July 2nd, the first component of Festival 19 brings together 54 female community young leaders from across the world between the ages of 18-25. Selected upon their commitment to promoting gender equality in their individual communities, young leaders will be facilitated to further develop the skills and tools needed to promote actions on women’s rights and female empowerment. The programme will include a number of train of trainer and leadership workshops, followed by an introduction to the football3 methodology.

  • CULTURAL

    EXCHANGE
    PROGRAMME

    Through multiple Festival Games, 48 festival delegations with over 300 participants, will bond while learning how to overcome challenges through the medium of play. They will then take part in football for good workshops and football3 training sessions led by young leaders, culminating with the street football tournament using the football3 methodology. They too will have the chance to attend a world cup semi-final match and sightseeing tour, as well as an exchange program visiting local communities.

  • STREET
    FOOTBALL

    TOURNAMENT

    The climax of the festival will be the street football tournament hosting the football3 methodology. Three halves, no refs: football3 is a different way to play. With a focus on fair play, equality and teamwork, it empowers young people with the skills they need to flourish off the pitch. Now trained as accredited mediators, young leaders will lead the matches, split into a pre-match discussion, football game, and post-match discussion. The tournament will feature internally mixed teams across both genders. Each team is made of eight players, enabling players to jointly determine the values and rules that will be used during the game and to demonstrate their commitment to fair play and cooperation on and off the pitch.

  • EQUALITY 
    SUMMIT

    The Equality Summit will unite football for good organisations and activists from across the world to explore bottom-up approaches that use football as a tool to promote gender equality and empower young girls on and off the pitch. Workshops and networking sessions will be concluded by a panel discussion featuring leading figures in the quest for a more equal game and a fairer world.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY

Growing up in a country, where football is considered a 'male thing', practicing it has made me believe that I could and should do what makes me happy! It has taught me to stand for what I believe and I see it as a very important tool for female empowerment

Ana Paula, Fundação Eprocad

Brazil

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ORGANISERS

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PARTNERS

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SUPPORTERS

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