PLAY FOR GOAL 5
GENDER EQUALITY

WHAT’S THE GOAL?

To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential.

Today gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.

WHY IS GENDER EQUALITY A GLOBAL GOAL?

Inequalities faced by girls can begin right at birth and follow them all their lives. In some countries, girls are deprived of access to health care or proper nutrition, leading to a higher mortality rate.

Regardless of where you live in, gender equality is a fundamental human right. Advancing gender equality is critical to all areas of a
healthy society, from reducing poverty to promoting the health, education, protection and the well-being of girls and boys.

DRILLS & GAMES

WARM-UP & Speak up

Organisation
  • A handful of players are inside the circle without a ball and the rest form the circle, some with a ball some without.
  • The players in the middle run towards someone with a ball (1).
  • After calling for the ball the player receives it (2), plays it to someone without a ball (3), returns to the middle and then start again.
  • Remind players that they can only receive the ball if they ask for it.
ADVANCE

After a few rounds of simple communication challenge the players to say something different when asking for the ball: “My name is …”, “I have a VOICE”, “I am smart”, “I am strong” – they can identify something about themselves they are proud of and something kind about the person passing to them. You have many options with this game to develop technique.

Challenge the players with taking the ball out of the air with different body parts (head, chest, thigh). Use hands to adapt the game to other sports or practice goalkeeping. Mix it up!

Click here and get more warm-up ideas
Ideas for discussion
  • Why is it important to communicate on the field? What about off the field?
  • What are examples of how you communicate in life?
  • Do we all have equal voices in society? Why or why not?
  • How can we create more opportunities for everyone to participate in sport and society?

SQUARE GAME

by Becca Todd, United Kingdom

Description of the game
  • Maximise the space that you have by spreading out right to the edge of the area.
  • Keep moving and changing position to confuse the defenders and give yourselves more space to play.
  • Pass the ball quickly but accurately so that it’s harder for the defenders.
  • Communicate and support each other to keep possession.
  • Divide the players into two teams.
  • Divide the pitch into quarters.
  • Keep possession and when the coach says send one player from your team to try to win the ball of the other team. It will be a lot easier for the team with more space.

Variations
Place different games/activities in each quarters.

Advance the game
Increase the amount of defenders trying to win the ball back from the other team.

Organisation

  • Players: Minimum 8 players.
  • Area: Depends on number of players- but sufficient to keep possession.
  • Materials: Balls, cones, bibs.
Football Tips for the teams keeping possession
  • Each team is representing different genders.
  • One team is allowed to keep possession in 3 or the 4 quarters (a lot more space).
  • The other team can only play in one of the quarters.
  • FOOTBALL TIPS for the defenders
    • Pressure the player on the ball by running towards them and making them make mistakes.
    • As the ball moves, keep moving from player to player putting pressure on them all.
    • Stay low to keep your balance, and defend sideways on so that you can react and change direction quickly.
    • Communicate with the other defenders to decide who will defend against which other players- be organised.
    • Work hard until you get the ball back!

    Fair Game

    by Steven O’Reilly, Chelsea FC Foundation, Bangkok

    Description of the game
    • Organise a ‘normal’ football match and illustrate inequality with different goal sizes. 
    HOW TO PLAY
      • Divide the players into two teams. If you are teaching both girls and boys make a girl team and a boys team. Have the girls be only 4 against 7.
      WARM-UP TO THIS GAME

          If you make 10 minutes matches this game can be a great warm up. Maybe start on just part of the field and using hands throwing the ball in the beginning.

          Variation

          • Endless of ways to illustrate this: One team can walk or only walk backwards, the other can run.

          Organisation

          • Players: This game could be run with numbers of players depending on the field size.
          • Area: Everything works perfect.
          • Materials: Balls – Bibs – Goals, different sizes
          • Level: All players
          • Ideal for age/grade: Everyone can have fun with this.
          • Estimated time fromstart to end: You can use this game as a warm up or a short fun break during a school day and lesson.

          Bold Knowledge

          by Coaches Across Continents 

          Description of the game
          • Women’s and girls’ rights in 15-30 minutes.
          • Ask players to think of different rights of women and girls and label the cones.
          HOW TO PLAY
          • One player from each team runs to the middle of the circle. When they reach the middle of the circle, the two players do a handshake (or dance or something else creative).
          • The coach call one of the rights and the players race to that cone, two new players come in the center.
          Organisation
          • Two teams line up across a space.
          • 4-5 cones af spread out.
          Advance the game & variations 
          • You can start with 2 (or more) players from each team running into the middle instead of only one. Can call out more than one right and the players have to touch the cones in that order. After some time come up with different rights.
          • You can also play where each player has a number. The coach then calls out a number and a right. The coach can then call out more than one number.
          • You can also add a ball. Players dribble around with a ball and control it as they race to the cones.
          Sample Discussion Questions
          • Why did you choose those particular women’s rights?
          • Where do they come from? Are they supported by the rule of law in your country? What about in other countries? Are those rights always respected in your community?
          • What about in others? What are obstacles that interfere with girls’ and women’s rights?

          Create GAME SITUATION

          There are so many great ways to create a game. Allow the players to be quite creative with this by introducing the goal at the beginning of the match and asking them how this could be included:  Do one team have a big goal and the other a small. Do everybody play with a glas of water or change a rule every minute. 

          A simple way to bring in the Global Goals when playing a match, is that every time a team scores or make a save, or during a water break they can double their points or get a point by stating a Global Goal and what they could do to help promote this in their community. Easiest to play small side games with 3-6 players, so they can hear each other.

          You can always have several games going at the same time. There are some rule ideas under Goal 17.

          WRAP UP & SHARE

          PUT YOUR TRAINING IMPACT ON THE MAP

          If you have time, give the players a chance to talk solutions, and how they them selve can do something in their every day.

          • How did it fell to score on a big/smaller goal? What is the ‘small goal’ in your daily life?
          • How did it feel to be limited? How did it feel to have more space?
          • Do you experience inequality in your daily life, school, home, SoMe, TV etc.
          • How you can reduce inequality where you live.
          • What other global goals is supported when reaching this goal?
          Your TRAINING IMPACT counts. Share it here

          DID YOU CREATE A NEW IMPACT GAME TODAY?

          When you and your players create your own drills for the global goals, please share it. Every game counts.

          Describe your game in a drawing and add a few words and send it to us.

          As a thank you we will share your Impact Game under the relevant Goal here on the website and of course crediting you and your team!

          Your IMPACT GAME counts. Share it here

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          Team Save the Children playing for Goal 5 at Global Goals World New York City 2017.