about Global goals world cup


Do You Want to be a GGWCup NYC Partner?


The Global Goals World Cup is an alternative activist world cup for women from all over the world. We partner with the UN, and other global organisations to use the power of sport to raise awareness for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) and inspire women to become change agents in their local communities by choosing one of the Global Goals to play and campaign for. 

The tournaments are vibrant one day events (Afternoon/evening) with short intense games and lots of great conversation and interaction in between.  Surprise VIP's food and music and cool prizes. We play five-a-side on grass or asphalt. We use a special 4 point system where style, action and crowd is scored the same as goals:  See the Eventpage for New York here

Everywhere we play, we always aim to partner with local and global companies and organisations, who want to be part of making the Global Goals a reality. We go out of our way to invite people and organisations from all parts of society to participate, because this is how we believe we will reach the goals. -By all working together and recognizing that each of us have something unique to contribute. 

If you work for a company, or are part of an organisation, or maybe just feel like being part of this, then find below a list of things that we need your help with. 

All our partners are recognised in our communication and at the event. This year we are playing in beautiful Riverside Park on Upper West Side. We are currently fundraising to create a large scale campaign, which will create massive exposure for the event and the many people who contribute to making an event like this possible. 


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Contribute to the GGWCup event and campaign budget and gain recognition as funding partner. 
Please contact us to learn more about how we plan to make this the most visible GGWcup ever in collaboration with the movement makers from Purpose



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Registration for Global Goals World Cup NYC 2018 is OPEN!
 The amazing ladies from Glossier who played in 2017

The amazing ladies from Glossier who played in 2017

YESS it is that time again! We are back for another round of Global Goals World Cup 

DATE: September 25th 2018 (subject to final confirmation. -Alternate date is Sept 28th. So make sure you save both dates.)

VENUE: Riverside Park Upper West Side. 

This year we are opening Team Captain registration early, so you have time to make some noise and get your team together. We are planning an awesome campaign, that will mobilize all kinds of women from all over New York to come together for the Global Goals. 

Read about the rules and register here


We also have a new call out for influences: Women who are passionate about Sustainable Development or sport and have a great reach. Please help us put Global Goals World Cup on the map and join our Influencer team. You will be equipped with cool SoMe content, and the opportunity to be promoted as part of our campaign.

It is possible to be both Team Captain and Influencer. But it is also possible to be Influencer without playing. Maybe you are not able to play soccer, or not in New York on September 25th but you want to participate and inspire others to join. -Then the Influencer team is for you! 

Get all the details and register on our Eventpage

Our Impact Report is Out!
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We are thrilled to present the Impact report from 2017-2018 documenting our work and the feedback we get from players and partners. Thank you to Natalie Collins for her outstanding work, and to all the players who participated in interviews and responded to our surveys. 

Some highlights: 

In order to realize the UN Sustainable Development Goals, from gender inequality to sustainable cities, everyone needs to be given the opportunity to take effective action towards them. If more people are given the space, encouragement and connections they need to engage with the Global Goals, the better equipped they will be to take effective action to realize them within our lifetime. 

Global Goals World Cup is a unique women’s activist football tournament, which uses the universal language and power of sport to unite women from across the world to become change makers in their local communities. By signing up to play in the tournament, women are committing to take action on one of the 17 Global Goals. Working with women at the local level, in addition to private and public organizations across different regions, GGWCup galvanizes mass engagement with, and action, on the Global Goals at a national and international level. 


→ Built women’s confidence to become activists in their communities and beyond. By supporting women, from all walks of life, to learn about and develop their own action towards the Global Goals, GGWCup has nurtured women’s potential to take more active roles in development processes - 75% of players said that taking part in GGWCup has developed their confidence to become an outspoken advocate for the causes they care about. 

→ Encouraged women to become more physically active by making sport more accessible. 35% of players reported that they were not previously active in sports prior to signing up to the GGWCup tournament. The main reasons women cited were a lack of confidence and interest in playing sports. By lowering the barriers to participation and raising the perceived value of sportsmanship by fusing it with activism, GGWCup encourages women to be active. 78% of our players indicated that taking part in the tournament had increased their overall motivation to play sports. 

→ Fostered a high level of civic engagement with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 1200 women across 4 continents have participated in the 6 tournaments we have held since 2016 taking an estimated 20.000 actions to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Our impact goes beyond mere awareness-raising, to cultivate meaningful engagement with the SDG’s. 84% of our surveyed players claimed they had learned more about the Global Goals by taking part in GGWCup. We also encourage engagement with the Global Goals beyond the players themselves, by including crowd-engagement in the point-scoring process. This method has resulted in an average turnout of 2000 spectator at each tournament, and millions more participating via social media. 

→ Created partnership for the Global Goals by working with a range of different stakeholders from all sectors of society; from private businesses to civil society organizations, and individual citizens. 89% of women who have played in our tournaments, agree that GGWCup gave them the opportunity to connect with a range of people they otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet. 

Read the full report here

La Liga del Potrero Feminina - Playing for the Global Goals in Argentina!


Playing for the Goals -Throughout a Season!
In between building the Global Goals World Cups and #ggimpactgames a new idea has been brewing: What if a league -Could be any sport, decided to play for the Global Goals? If playing on a team in this league meant that over the course of the season you learn about and take action for the Global Goals. Imagine the impact and the accelerated progress for the communities hosting the league...
We liked this idea, and as it turned out, so did the City of Buenos Aires, The Danish Embassy in Buenos Aires  and Legendary football club Boca Juniors. -Giving us an amazing opportunity to realise our vision.

La Liga del Potrero Feminina is a new football league created by the Boca Juniors Foundation. It was kickstarted on April 21st. The 20 participating teams consist of teenage girls from social clubs in Buenos Aires. We are working with the age group 12-17, and as they meet and play games every Saturday -we are adding some Global Goals magic. Playing in this league will transform these young players into powerful activists and ambassadors for the UN Global Goals:
As part of the league structure the teams each choose one of the UN Global Goals to play and take action for throughout the duration of the tournament. The teams then go through a simple step by step process, which gives them the tools for transforming a cause into action. Each week  in connection with their games the teams discuss their chosen goal and what actions they will take. Besides from inspiring and motivating each other to create impact, they also build connections with the other teams that are about much more than winning or loosing, but about their generation co-creating the world they want to grow up in. 

Building Progress Together.
We always challenge ourselves to do everything in partnership with others. We find it makes us stronger, more playful and better at listening to what really works.  And in truth we believe that the only way we will reach the Global Goals by 2030 is if everyone feels that they own the Goals. So like everything else we do, this League is Goal 17 in action

Before kickstarting the league april 21st we spent time with all the coaches - teaching them methods/drills to work the Global Goals into their training, listening to their feedback and visiting the teams. This league is only made possible with support from the Danish Embassy in Buenos Aires, Boca Juniors Foundation, The City of Buenos Aires, AFISI (Arla Food Ingredients), Lone Lighthouse, Coaches Across Continents,  GANNI, UNDP,  The IOC and Bread&Butter

Presenting at the Youth Olympics
On October 5th - we have been invited present this idea  - together with some of the participating teams - in connection with the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires

Want to bring the Global Goals to your league? 
We hope we might inspire leagues all over - to also take ownership of the Global Goals. If you want to turn your league into a league for the goal - you are super welcome to reach out to us on ggwcup(@)  for inspiration and please share what you do so we can brag and support each other.

here you can download the manual we use with our teams giving them inspiration and tools picking what goal they want to play and take action for.  (English with some Spanish translation) We also use these two great films from project everyone to help introduce the coaches and players to the goals. 
Also these films are great for inspiring pleayers

Thank You to:

@BOCASocialcabj @BocaFutFemenino @BocaJrsOficial @DKAmbArgentina @DanishMFA @GCBA @DeportesBA @ggwcup @eirsoccer @sdgball @denmark_un @undp @theworldslesson @arlafoodsingredients @lonelighthouse @ganni @coachesacrosscontinents @Evelinacabrera

#SDG #ODS #LigaDelPotrero #Femenina #NivelarLaCancha #GlobalGoals #sdgs #thecityofBuenosAires #DenmarkInArgentina #taketheball

Announcing Plans for GGWCup Dominica! 2.-3-November 2018
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Save the Date! The Global Goals World Cup is coming to Dominca. November 2.-3. 2018

The GGWCup, in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Dominica is proud to bring the power of the United Nations Global Goals to the Caribbean organizing the first amateur women’s soccer tournament on the island.

"What I have seen all over the world in being a UNICEF ambassador and international goalkeeper for 18 years is when you drop a football in any area, you change and empower young girls and women in so many different ways. Football is more than a game. The friends I have made in playing football are life lasting friendships and these women are who have played a big part in shaping me into the woman that I am today" 
Karina LeBlanc, GGWCup Ambassador

Who can play? 

YOU! Join us. Sign up today and start the adventure! Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Friends, Students and Professionals, Advocates and Neighbors.  No soccer experience necessary. Come ready to learn, grow and play for the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Story: On September 19th, 2017 eight women came to New York City, excited and prepared to represent their home country, Dominica in the Global Goals World Cup finals.

Before the first whistle was blown, the game was over for team Dominica.

Hurricane Maria became the team to beat. The 8 players went home without playing.

Fast forward to spring 2018. The island is still in disaster recovery mode and the need for inspiration and action is more important than ever.

Join us on November 2, Windsor Park/ Botanical Gardens, Roseau as we celebrate and elevate the resiliency of the women of Dominica.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were created to protect our climate, eliminate poverty, empower women and girls and so much more. The Global Goals World Cup provides the platform for this champion collaboration for the SDGs.


Go to the eventpage to find out how to sign up a team or support this event as sponsor or partner.






Diamond Divas take the GGWCup UAE Trophy

Congratulations to the Diamond Divas for a well deserved victory. They truly showed what a Global Goals Champion is made of. From their dedicated action to raise awareness of Goal 11 -Sustainable Cities and Communities,  to their cool and creative uniforms, not to mention their tireless and supportive crowd and their outstanding football skills. Already on the Thursday night pledge day it was clear that they meant business! They came, they saw, and they took that trophy home! Over the next months we will follow the Divas as they prepare for the Global Final in New York City in September during the UN General Assembly. 

But also great kudos to the runners up from Spectacular 8. They impressed us all with their dedication to goal 14 -Life Below Water and their huge effort to raise awareness of the devastating effects of ocean pollution on marine life. We will never forget Tilly The Turtle, made of the thousands of cigarette butts that they had collected from local beaches. 

All the teams were amazing, and we are still smiling from all the great memories and new friendships that were made in the last few days. GGWCup moves on to new locations. But the spirit of the tournament will live on through the teams and their continued commitment to fight for the global goals. You are now all members of the growing Global Gaols World Cup community of women all over the world, who play and take action for the world they want. 

Once again a huge thank you to our incredible MENA region partners from Sustainable Mindz, and to our great hosts The Sustainable City, and dedicated corporate and organisational partners. You are all living proof of the importance of SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals. None of this would have happened without you. And also a special thank you to Stephen King from Middlesex University, who almost lost his voice supporting Dima, giving his brilliantly insightful and passionate commentry all through the night. 

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Artist Hayan Maani Creates Mother Earth Trophy for GGWCup UAE

By creating the Global Goals World Cup we set out to creatively reinvent sport to make it fit for the future we want. This means that we playfully challenge everything from the arena to the rules, the uniforms and even the trophy. We truly believe that art and sport share a natural kinship, and from the beginning, our medals have been the beautiful little sun solar lamps by Olafur Eliasson. Symbolising the bright light of hope for a better and sustainable future. Now we are so thrilled that the brilliant artist Hayan Maani has honoured us by creating an original piece of art to be the GGWCup UAE trophy. 

The trophy is named "The Mother Earth Trophy" Learn about the symbolism of the elements below. 

Thank you to our amazing partners and sponsors who are making this possible

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Sports Equality Enforcers - Goal 5

The team consists of Kirsty Darlington, Lyne Ismail, Ali Henderson, Dominika Kunka, Jessica Fourie, Stephanie Smith, Rajvi Ladha, and Ihan Haydar

They  represent a coalition of four organizations working to advance women's rights and gender equality in and through sports! Formed by Sport Equality League - whose Enforcers team took second place in the New York Global Goals World Cup -

"we are eight bold and brave women who believe that women and girls deserve the same access to sport as men and boys. Equal Playing Field, Regional Sports AE, Tawana Youth Development Organization, and Sport Equality League all work to end cultural perceptions and institutional policies that create barriers to sport. We believe that amplifying the photos and stories of females playing sport and as role models will lead to familiarity, acceptance, and better access to the human right to sport. We will help share photos and stories on social media to make women and girls more visible and powerful as athletes --- and to create awareness for SDG5 - Gender Equality!"



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Team B - Goal 5
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Meet the amazing ladies from Team B. They are a diverse range of women representing three continents, united for their cause for female empowerment. Playing for Goals 5! @thedubaiwomensrun @plan_b_group

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Sophie Page
Azza Hegazy
Maureen Herrera
Jyoti Dagar
Sobby Preju
Sanaa Zaki
Maha Sidahmed



They are a diverse range of women representing three continents, united for their cause for female empowerment. Playing for Goals 5! @thedubaiwomensrun @plan_b_group


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legends FA - Goal 1

Please put your hands together for memebers of the first UAE Women's national team!
-Afra Almuhairi
-Badreyya Easa Almansoori
-Oshba Salem almansoori
-Asma Ahmed
-Amal Wael Aal Rabeea
-Nouf Aladwan

They are showing up to raise awareness about Goal 1 "No Poverty" as they say: "football is a great way of delivering a message."


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Danfoss climate Champions - Goal 13

Meet Tania, Betty, Mahshad, Amina, Eirini, Larisa, Cherry, Rim and Rosa who are playing for Danfoss supporting the Global Goal CLIMATE ACTION.
The fierce and strong ladies from Danfoss are from South Africa, Kenya, Iran, Morocco, Philippines, Tunisia, Syria, Greece and Russia, making for a very diverse and interesting team.

They have chosen Goal 13 as this cause is close to their hearts and something they work on everyday.
"In Danfoss, we say that we are Engineering Tomorrow. We do this by providing the latest innovative solutions and technologies in many different fields, also in Climate and Cooling.
Cooling is a big culprit when it comes to CO2 emissions and this is something we at Danfoss can do something about. Our products and solutions gives maximum energy efficiency and minimum waste, so we can reduce emissions into our environment."

fb: @danfosstma Twitter: @danfoss (Danfoss Group) , Instagram: @danfosscool


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The UNStoppables - Goal 17
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The UNStoppables are a team of seven members from across three continents. Representing UN Global Compact UAE We chose SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals, since we believe that collaboration and partnerships are at the heart of achieving any goal, big or small. As students and aspiring entrepreneurs, we look forward to engaging student communities on university campuses across the UAE. We want to partner and collaborate with student bodies and startups at universities to adopt a sustainability as a practise and not just an idea to admire. The 7 UNStoppables will reach out to university students through awareness campaign on ground and on social media, highlighting why alone we will struggle but together we will be UNStoppable. @ungcuae


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Team Flowers - Goal 13

Hello! We are Team FLOWERS! We are the women from the Malayalam radio station in Dubai called Flowers FM 94.7. We choose Climate Action as our goal. Our Earth has a great self repairing system. She would heal only if we let her. Every little choice we make with that intention will count. It's hard to believe how many are in denial of climate change. Nothing better than using the power of your reach (through social media or others) to influence others and support change in your own ways! We believe every small step towards bettering the planet for our future generations will only be appreciated and beneficial.

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One More Drop - Goal 6

This team of professional football players from UAE, Tunisia and Marocco are representing @ambitionscm company. Their goal is to ensure #Cleanwaterandsanitation because a child dies every single minute from a disease caused by contaminated water and poor sanitation!


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STC United - Goal 16
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These beautiful ladies from @regionalsports are playing for #SDG16 and represnting Save the Children ⚽🌍 The players come from Canada, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon and Peru! The team has chosen to play for Goal 16 to ensure that children, especially the most excluded children are treated equally and their voices are listened to in decision making so that all children survive, learn and are protected from all forms of violence and abuse. They are playing together to ensure that no one is left behind! 


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The Planeteers - Goal 13
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 The Planeteers was among the first teams to sign up for #GGWCup UAE -will it show that they had a headstart on the training?

The Planeteers was among the first teams to sign up for #GGWCup UAE -will it show that they had a headstart on the training?

Meet THE PLANETEERS playing for climate action and #SDG13! Beverley from Scotland, Marcela from Prague, and Claudine, Zoe, Sam and Trish from England playing to raise awareness on the negative effects of plastic bags.  🌍⚽🌍⚽🌍⚽🌍⚽ 



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