Jordan 2016 to raise profile of women’s football

With the fifth edition of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup set to kick off today at the Amman International Stadium, FIFA representative Tatjana Haenni has emphasised that the tournament taking place in Jordan would help raise the profile of women’s football across the globe.
She was speaking at the Opening Press Conference of the tournament held at the exotic Four Seasons Hotel in Amman yesterday.
Haenni explained that having so many women involved in the planning and organision of the tournament will have an influence on the view people have on the role of women in the society.
“If you see the growth of women’s football in Jordan in terms of number of players, grassroots centre for girls, number of teams in the league. Also we now have an U17 Women’s National Team who have the chance to prepare in such a professional manner for a tournament and could go on, maybe, to another tournament in the future. And they (Jordan) will host the AFC Women’s Championship in the near future.
“So all these sporting elements definitely help to raise the profile of women’s football, of women’s sports, of the role of women in the society. We have had so many women involved, from a staffing level, in the LOC, this again has an impact on the future and on the views people have on the role of women.
One of such women in the LOC, whose tireless efforts cannot be quantified is Samar Nassar, CEO of the Jordan 2016 Local Organising Committee (LOC).
According to her, “One of the reasons Jordan bid for this mega sporting event is to revamp it’s infrastructure.”
It’s a historic tournament for the country and everyone has caught the football fever as they have been urged to be the 12th player for their team.
Nassar understands that the country will not only enjoy the football on the pitch but also the benefits of hosting the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, as it is expected to aid the development of football in the country.
“In 1968, when the Sports City was built it was an icon in the Middle East. The majority of facilities that we use today and I used as an athlete were due to the 1999 Pan Arab Games and here we are a decade later hosting another major sport event that at the end will benefit the local community,” She stressed.
Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon are the teams representing the African continent at this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup. The Baby Lions of Cameroon who are debutants will be the first African team to kick start their campaign today when they tackle Canada at the Al Hassan International Stadium, Irbid by 18.00 (Local time). Nigeria and Ghana, both of whom are regulars in the age grade tournament begin their Jordan journey on October 1.
Here is today’s schedule for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
Group A
Mexico-New Zealand, 17.00 (International Stadium, Amman) (3pm Nigerian time)
Jordan-Spain, 20.00 (International Stadium, Amman) (6pm Nigerian time)
Group B
Venezuela-Germany, 15.00 (Al Hassan International Stadium, Irbid) (1pm Nigerian time)
Cameroon-Canada, 18.00 (Al Hassan International Stadium, Irbid) (4pm Nigerian time)
The opening ceremony of the tournament has been set for 7:30 pm local time which is 30 minutes before the host nation lock horns with Spain. It would be the first will be the time the Jordanian national anthem will be sung at a FIFA women’s tournament,



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