World Cup trophy about to start trip around the planet to promote tournament

The FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy is about to embark on a trip around the world, stoking excitement across the planet ahead of the tournament in New Zealand and Australia.

The tour will take the iconic trophy to all 32 of the tournament’s participating nations — more countries than ever before — to inspire people of all ages by ‘Going Beyond’ to celebrate the rocketing popularity of the women’s game.

At the heart of this mission will be a unique opportunity for members of the public to get creative and showcase their footballing ability to a global audience.

Main photo: The trophy at New Zealand’s Milford Sound ahead of the global tour of participating nations. Photo: FIFA.

Skills Drills will give willing participants worldwide the chance to try out fun football challenges that become tougher over time and then share their imaginative efforts on TikTok.

As the trophy travels from stop to stop, selected women and girls who have participated in Skills Drills will join FIFA Legends, local national team stars and other famous faces to highlight the game’s emerging talent and increase the buzz around the Women’s World Cup.

As the campaign’s dedicated skills coach, Female Football Freestyle world champion Lia Lewis will set the challenges to her more than 3.9 million followers on TikTok, as well as across FIFA’s social media and FIFA+.

She will also pass on her tips to youngsters at a send-off event on February 18 in Melbourne / Naarm, Australia before the tour’s first official stop in Japan on February 25-26.

The trophy will crisscross the globe by visiting Asia, Africa, South America, North America and Europe before landing in all nine Women’s World Cup host cities in the final weeks before the start of a tournament on July 20 that promises to go Beyond Greatness.

Key dates on the tour schedule include stops in China PR on March 9-11, South Africa on March 22-23, Brazil on March 29-30, United States on April 10-14, Canada on April 19-20, Germany on May 2-3, England on May 13-14 and France on May 20-21.

Several countries will also be part of the tour for the first time ever, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Morocco, the Philippines, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Vietnam and Zambia.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour is a spectacular global celebration of the women’s game, giving fans, families and future football enthusiasts an opportunity to be inspired and become part of a truly special journey,” FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura says.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to experience the most coveted prize in women’s football in person and hear from the game’s legends. The tour will inspire people worldwide by shining a spotlight on the skills and creativity that demonstrate why women’s football has such a bright future.”

The full route of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour is as follows:

*schedule subject to change

The dates of the stops in the final three countries to qualify via the Play-off tournament will be integrated following their confirmation.

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