FIFA Live Your Goals Festival lures 180 girls

The Grassroots and Women’s Football Sector within the Malta FA Technical Centre earlier this month hosted another FIFA Live Your Goals Festival at the Ta’ Qali training grounds as part of its mission to develop and promote women’s football at grassroots level.

A total of 180 girls from St Dorothy’s Junior School – Sliema, St Jeanne Antide Primary School – Gudja, and Birkirkara and Santa Venera’s Primary Schools, participated in this event.

Photos: Copyright © Paul Zammit Cutajar/MFA

This open day formed part of the Malta FA’s project to increase participation numbers at grassroots level. The recently-held festival helped to encourage more young girls to take up football as only three per cent of the participants are enrolled in a football nursery.

During the Live Your Goals Festival, the girls were under the professional guidance of MFA national team coaches, national team players and club coaches.

Fun activities and team games were the order of the day during the festival which also emphasised of the values of fair play and sportsmanship.

The Live Your Goals campaign is organised by the MFA Technical Centre’s Grassroots & Women’s Football Sector under the auspices of FIFA.

Expressions of thanks are extended to the world football governing body for their continuous support to women’s football in Malta.

The MFA Technical Centre is also grateful to the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education (DQSE), Secretariat for Catholic Education, participating schools, club coaches, players, MFA staff and volunteers for their co-operation and enthusiastic participation in sharing their vision of developing women’s football at grassroots level and looks forward optimistically to its next events.

More information on the Live Your Goals initiatives may be obtained by sending an email to