Celebrating the first World Football Day

25 May 2024

Celebrating the first World Football Day

Sports have been instrumental in promoting peace globally and have played a pivotal role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Football specifically, holds a unique position, as a universal language spoken by people of all ages, transcending national, cultural, and socio-economic boundaries. This shared passion fosters a sense of community and national pride.

Its broad appeal and accessibility make it a tool not only for promoting health and well-being, but it has also served as a vital platform for advancing gender equality and social inclusion, fostering unity and breaking down barriers between diverse communities.

As 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of the first international football tournament in history with the representation of all regions, which took place on May 25, 1924, during the summer Olympic games held in Paris, on May 7, 2024, the General Assembly proclaimed May 25 as World Football Day.

The resolution encourages all countries to support football and other sports as a tool to promote peace, development and the empowerment of women and girls. And it also encourages countries to adopt policies and programs to promote football and other sports and physical activities.

It invites all member states, organizations of the UN system, international organizations, academia, civil society and the private sector to observe World Football Day in line with national priorities and to disseminate the advantages of football for all, including through educational and public awareness-raising activities.

EFDN, as a member of Football for the Goals, is committed to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and will celebrate this great achievement for football as a sport, but also for Football for the Goals, that everyday is working to achieve the SDGs.


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