People believe what they see, and what they see now is systematic, and at times deliberate, inequality for women that is consistent world wide.
To challenge these underlying views, EPF takes on audacious and extraordinary physical challenges to play record-breaking games - proving that women are not only capable of competing alongside men in their own right, but also of leading and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
Festival of Football - France 2019
Equal Playing Field’s next World Record project is taking place in France during the summer of 2019, coinciding with the Women’s World Cup. Click HERE or the France - Festival of Football Banner tab above to learn more!
In June 2017, two teams of female players climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and played the highest altitude game of football.
of any gender.
32 female international pros, competitive amateurs and graduates of sports charities from more than 20 countries traveled to Tanzania and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro to play the world record highest elevation regulation game in history. More than 1.75km higher than the world's highest professional stadium and higher even than Everest Base Camp, it was an 11-a-side, full-field, FIFA standard match on a volcanic ash pitch at 5714m.
The teams included World Cup, Champions League, and Olympic pros, more than 10 women's national team players, and ages ranging from 15-55 years old. The trip also included games against local Tanzanian women's teams, and launched EPF's Altitude Football project with football clinics in Tanzania and South Africa.
The trip was facilitated by local guiding company Nature Discovery Ltd. and covered by the international media as well as EPF's own team of award-winning filmmakers and photographers that specialise in international social impact stories and women’s football.
A multifaceted project conducted in close cooperation with the Asia Football Development Project, as well as several NGOs and international partners, the Jordan Quest was designed to expand opportunities for girls in communities across Jordan to engage in and benefit from football, as well as contribute to local communities and economic sustainability.
EPF’s team was made up of women from 27 different countries, more than half of them from the Middle East and Asia, including 10 Jordanian nationals, three refugees, and 12 different national teams represented.
Designed, implemented and managed by EPF, the key components of the challenge included:
●100km trek through Jordan visiting remote communities, providing the opportunity for team building and leadership activities
● Football, social impact and leadership camps for girls and women in five cities across Jordan, led by EPF in collaboration with local NGO partners (reaching 700 girls and women)
● 4 exhibition games for local communities
● 2nd World Record football match (lowest elevation game in history) at the Dead Sea (Ghor al-Safi) - 2000 people attended the game including HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, and through media coverage 500,000 people were reached
● Field built and donated to the Ghor al-Safi community in coordination with the Ministry of Youth
● An integrated media and communications element producing short-form advocacy films, a full documentary by BeIN Sports, and a feature length film for submission to international film festivals
● Documentary, traditional and social media campaign - with coverage provided in 40+ regional and international media outlets, including ESPN Sports Center, The Jordan Times, BeIN Sports, the Guardian, UpRoxx and CNN; and +50 million social media impressions (#JordanQuest).
Content from EPF’s own media team as well as engaging features from beIN Sports and RadiantJ Productions.
Photos from EPF’s first mountain.