Become a ball partner and create the game
How many Goals are you ready to score for people and planet?
When you join the GGWCup journey and become a ball partner, you will truly change the game for young players and women around the world. You will help us accelerate change and inspire all of us to trust our optimistic vision on how we can impact the world.
Every time we meet women and young players around the world and give them a ball, they start playing, laughing and come up with new games and drills. They simply kickstart the change they want, and we cannot keep up with them. Therefor we ask for your support to reach more young players who is impatient to play for their future.
This is how you can help pass the ball:
Donations to Children’s Global Summit in Rome
The Children’s Global Summit will bring together 4,000 inspirational young children from 100 countries to the city of Rome. The event will be the largest all-faith, international gathering of children filled with the 'I CAN mindset' designing solutions and creating impact towards reaching the UN Global Goals.
The young people who is joining the summit is aged 8 to 15 from a variety of cultural backgrounds which have all undertaken action and solutions to make the world better and shared it with others to inspire.
GGWCup and Eir Soccer - one of the Summits Educational Partners
We will spend a day with 200 local coaches and teach them our special play methodology. The coaches will end of day have learned a series of games and drills that will give them and the students a deeper understanding of the 17 Global Goals using the power of movement, games and drills.
Students who are best prepared for the future are change agents. They can have a positive impact on their surroundings, influence the future, understand others' intentions, actions and feelings, and anticipate the short and long-term consequences of what they do'. (© OECD 2018)
The summit also partner with the Vatican, which allows the Summit unique opportunity to amplify the words of the Laudato Si –Pope Francis's encyclical which suggests the purpose of education should be to help young people become the builders of a more united and peaceful world.
4,000 balls in total.
Dates: November 27 - 30, 2019 in Rome.
Ball donations to GGWCup India pre-game
In 2020 the GGWCup will come to India for the second time. To kickstart the tournament and advocacy for the Global Goals, we will invite partners, schools and football clubs to join this special kickoff event.
The balls donated to this event will be passed on to the schools and clubs who are integrating the Global Goals in the curriculum and football training. Each participating school and club will get 15-20 balls after the event.
The event will be hosted by Sterling Media, SAP Next-Gen and Project Everyone.
1,000+ balls in total.
Dates: November 2019
This is how you will create the game
We are always open to talk different ways to collaborate and explore new ways to partner for the Goals.
Please reach out to co-founder Majken Gilmartin if you like to know more about how you join as a GGWCup Bal Partner. We look forward hearing from you.
The history of the Eir Soccer Ball
A smaller ball will make a bigger impact
Based on groundbreaking research into the overrepresentation of injuries in female soccer players, Eir Soccer has in 2008 produced the first football/soccer ball developed to fit women’s size and weight, to reduce injuries and enable a faster and more technical game - why also many young players and adult men love to play with this ball.
Many young players around the world at age 12 or 13 graduate from the football balls designed for children to the larger ones used by professionals. And as Majken Gilmartin - youth soccer coach, CEO of Eir Soccer and co-founder of GGWCup - saw how her own daughter and her team players started using the larger ball changed their game and how they got fatigued, she worried that the ball might increase their risk of injury.
Why are we training with that size ball in this age? This is a ball that we play with when we are adults. Why are young girls playing with it?
Majken is a lifelong soccer player herself, with her own history of soccer-induced knee surgeries — seven in all, starting at age 16. She believed that the balls were at least partly to blame.
Most sports like basketball, golf, tennis, and hurdle race have adjusted equipment to give players the best chance to succeed. In soccer, players aged 14-19 suffer one serious injury per year. With a 90% chance of a suffering second injury, many of them retire from the game before they ever reach their prime. The Eir balls have been developed to fit women’s size and weight, to reduce injuries and enable a faster game. This is why we use them exclusively in our GGWCup Tournaments.
The ball has received positive feedback amongst players and coaches, and Majken Gilmartin is awarded the IOC Trophy for Women and Sport 2016 for her work.
The GGGWCup special edition ball is a tribute to the amazing power sport has to unite people and to transform even the most complex challenges into a fluid expression of playful movement.
The unique Global Goals soccer ball not only proudly display the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and as such are a great learning tool. It is also the only ball, which have been scientifically modified by scientists to fit women and young players.
By offering both safe, competitive, and playful ways of playing soccer we increase the ability, confidence, and desire to be active.
Leaving no-one behind
To all the many players in adult leagues - male and female players - who plays with a size 5 ball and wants to join us spreading the words about the Global Goals: We can always produce game balls size 5. Just let ud know. We will be happy to produce a ball with the 17 SDG icons for your league.
Since 2008 we have created and designed different balls to support different players
The Original Global Goals Ball Supports UN/UNDP and partners in spreading the 17 Global Goals
Do Democracy Raises funds for a program that teaches players to use their voice
Art Rebel Raises funds and awareness for RedCross Asylum United, the first women’s refugee soccer league
Girl Be Heard & Karma An initiative supporting performances by girl refugees from Afghanistan and other war torn countries in cooperation with US State Department
Eir Black Raised funds for an Afghan women’s and men’s national team bus.
Football / soccer is one of the world’s most powerful tools to communicate and implement change
Through football / soccer we can enhance curiosity, build health, develop the mind and trust amongst each other. And any change we get we invite players to play and exercise the Global Goals with us and create new games and drills for the Goals.
We believe the fastest way to learn is to play and created Global Goals Impact Games. The free games and drills will inspire children, coaches, teachers and players to help take actions for the Global Goals locally and globally.
Global Goals Impact Games is created in partnership with Worlds Largest Lesson.
“Congratulations to the girls of La Liga del Potrero Femenina – an all-female football league in Buenos Aires dedicated to sport, breaking gender barriers and promoting a better world!” – Leo Messi
In between building GGWCups around the world a new idea started brewing: What if leagues around the world would play for the Global Goals?
Together with the City of Buenos Aires, The Danish Embassy in Buenos Aires, amazing partners and Legendary football club Boca Juniors a new GG League was kickstarted on April 21, 2018 in Buenos Aires. 16 teams played in the League in 20108 - in 2019 35 teams will play in the league.
The League is supported by: The Danish Embassy – Boca Social Foundation – The City of Buenos Aires – EIR Soccer Arla Food Ingredients – Lone Lighthouse GANNI – Coaches Across Continents – World’s Largest and Lesson – Bread And Butter (film production).
Join the team of strong strikers
"Some of the goals are so big: End poverty, combate climate change. None of us can do this on our own, but all of us together can make a real difference." - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
The world’s leading artists, companies, and organisations partner with GGWCup to connect with people to gain global exposure and create sustainable impact.
When you join you become a member of a global community of SDG advocates such as UNDP, Royal Danish Embassies, the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, SAP Next-Gen, KMD, and Sport Event Denmark.
As a Ball partner you become a game changer and you will help young players and women advance their impact and inspire future generations to find their voice and speak up for the Goal that will change the world for them.