Organisers of the FIFA Women’s World Cup want to get the tournament off to a roaring start — quite literally!
They are inviting football fans to take part in a special event at Auckland’s Eden Park on Tuesday April 11, which will be exactly 100 days to go before the official kick-off of the tournament in New Zealand and Australia.
The early morning event will see fans take part in the first performance of ROAR, a loud, bold and super fun chant that will be performed at every match during the tournament and in the promotion of the World Cup.
FIFA’s events team says they’re looking for a passionate crowd of fans, groups of friends, families or teams who want to bring ROAR to life so it can be filmed and used to promote the tournament.
“We’ve worked with superfans to create a ROAR that, put simply, is the sound and symbol of celebrating greatness.” organisers say.
“It’s also representative of how far the women’s game has come, how far it will go at this iconic tournament, and how greatness in any form can push through barriers and inspire others.”
If you want to take part, you need to register your interest here.
You’ll then get more information ahead of the Eden Park event, including news of prizes and giveaways for attendees.
Where and when
Location: Eden Park, Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau
Date: Tuesday April 11, 2023
What happens at Eden Park
Attendees will be given a light snack and water.
The crowd will be coached to perform ROAR, and it’s important attendees understand that by taking part, they consent to be filmed and included in FIFA-owned material and possibly appear in footage.
What to wear?
For filming reasons, the organisers prefer to avoid stripes or busy patterns but most football shirts will be fine, or wear single colour/plain clothing.
Why not organise a group to come together? You can carpool and travel together to Eden Park.
If your club is hosting one of the participating teams at the tournament, come along in their colours!
Most of all, have some fun …
The power of a chant
Want to know the difference a chant can make?
Check out this example of Iceland’s crowd chant at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia: