On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to The 17 Global Goals for the next 15 years: End extreme poverty; Fight inequality and injustice; Fix climate change. In all countries. For all people.
We mobilize women globally to take this development agenda into their own hands. By joining the tournament in their country, setting a team of 5-8 female soccer players and choosing one of the 17 goals to advocate for. Over the next years our goal is to build a global community of Global Goals advocates and players, who will continue the legacy of the GGWCUP.
The GGWCUP is developed by the non-profit sports organization Eir, founded by Danish coach and campaigner Majken Gilmartin in the year 2000. Eir aims at creating a safe, engaging, and inclusive sport for women by producing a special designed scientifically calculated ball to fit female players, the "Eir Soccer Ball", and by organizing creatively playful women's soccer tournaments in the streets and at music festivals.
In 2015 Majken teamed up with former elite athlete and sustainable development activist Rikke Rønholt, to launch this new ”play for change” concept in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs .
The Mission of The Global Goals World Cup is to leverage the power of sport to bring all kinds of people together: To create an arena where we connect the dots and get the whole picture of what sustainable development is.
We are letting women take the lead in choosing their own development agenda by setting a team and making a bold play for change. The goal of our tournaments is to celebrate all the amazing actions taken by our teams and inspire others to join in.
THE EIR BALL
Eir Soccer has created the unique Eir Soccer Ball. The only soccer ball designed specifically for women, based on scientifically calculated modifications. It works to prevent the harmful effects for women playing with the conventional size 5 ball. Which is perfect for grown men – but creates an overrepresentation of injuries in young players and women.
HOW WE DO IT
At each tournament we partner with a local host and recruit a number of companies, grassroot organizations, educational institutions etc. to a steering group.