Right across the globe, millions of fans are screaming & championing their team in the Women’s World Cup.

Yet not that long ago, this was a game women were banned from playing.

Really? — uh huh, keep reading

Repeatedly told, 'Girls can't play football,' Lara is determined to play at the highest level, just like the women she now sees on television.

Go to any local soccer field on Saturday morning and you will find amazing girls, kickin it.

Running their hearts out, chasing, defending, playing and scoring. It’s such a normal thing for us we couldn’t imagine a world where it wasn’t allowed or encouraged.

60sec trip to Brazil to see Lara in action

Did you know

On December 5th, 1921, threatened by the growing interest and crowd sizes, the FA (governing Football Association) put a ban on official women's football stating, “The game of football is quite unsuitable for females and should not be encouraged.”

In many places around the world, the ban to varying degrees lasted decades. In Brazil, one of the world’s greatest football countries, the ban didn’t lift until 1983.

Absolutely crazy, right?!

Brazil's captain, Marta Vieira da Silva gave an emotional post-game press conference last week noting the extraordinary lengths she had to take to become the player and inspiration she is today.

This is what a superhero looks like!

What has this got to do with World Vision? Everything.

Let’s go beyond the stadium for a moment.

This Women's World Cup is happening because there is unbelievable power in collective persistence & advocacy, no matter how long it takes or the cause at hand.

We should take great encouragement from this.

Young Syrian girls getting all primed up for an afternoon of sports and activities promoting play, peace and resilience.

Rand Ishaqat

Bringing about change for girls is not just about playing sports. It is a vehicle to equal opportunities, agency and girls’ being able to take their rightful place on and off the field.

Whilst the best women players in the world battle it out for the World Cup, we’ll keep doing our part, pursuing the rights of girls and women in some of the world’s most complex places.

Let's take a quick look at some of our footwork from around the world...

Young girls play football at a World Vision program in Indonesia.

Ben Adams

In Kenya, football is used in our peace club programmes to promote resilience, harmony and inclusion. Boys and girls play the game, together, which helps to promote gender equality.

Martin Muluka

The 'This Universe Needs Girls' celebrity girls soccer tournament in Bangladesh combines sport, empowerment and cultural social change in one amazing event. Here the final whistle has blown and the teams are ready for a post-game party.

Suborno Chisim

We work consistently and sensitively in places like Afghanistan, DRC, Honduras, Lebanon and Mali where life as a girl can be extremely difficult and unjust.

Girls face sexual violence, child marriage, kidnappings, forced labour, gender inequality, and a lack of meaningful education opportunities and agency over their own lives.

At times the task at hand can feel like an impossible opponent, but be encouraged, we’ve been on the field a long time and we won't be leaving until we win the ultimate World Cup — where every girl has the right to build the future she deserves.

We are grateful you are kickin it with us, for every girl and every child :)

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