The most-prized trophy in women’s football will be on display in Tauranga on Sunday June 18, when a series of female-focussed events will be held at Fergusson Park.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup original trophy will visit Tauranga as part of its ‘tiki tour’ of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
Since starting its worldwide journey in February, the trophy’s journey includes all 32 participating nations.
Main photo: The original Women’s World Cup Trophy … on tour in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. Photo credit: FIFA.
New Zealand football great and ‘Beyond Greatness Champion’, Maia Jackman, will be present on the day to reveal the original trophy.
The showcase will take place at ‘The Battle of the Kaimais’ football tournament, hosted at Fergusson Park between 11am-1pm.
Jackman will also present the winners at Tauranga their trophy.
Nelita Byrne, Tauranga City Council Manager Venues and Events, said:
“After travelling the globe, we are delighted to have the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy here in Tauranga Moana to inspire our next generation of wāhine football stars,.
“It’s truly spine-tingling to think of all the great players who have lifted the trophy in the past, and this is a brilliant opportunity for our football community to experience the magic of the FIFA Women’s World Cup ahead of the tournament.”
The Sunday event includes a series of fun FIFA Women’s World Cup-themed activities for all ages
Tazuni, the official tournament mascot and a variety of food trucks will all be present at the free event, making this a great family day out for football and non-football fans alike.
The trophy tour is ‘Going Beyond’ to inspire people of all ages, build excitement and support ahead of the five FIFA Women’s World Cup matches taking place in Hamilton Kirikiriroa, the first of which Zambia v Japan on July 22.
The trophy’s journey started in Hamilton Kiririroa and will make its way to Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupō, Cambridge and back to Hamilton Kiririroa.
UPDATE: 9am to 1.30pm: U-14 Girls Battle of the Kaimais (16 teams entered) — THESE GAMES ARE POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
10am to 11am: Junior girls activation (U-6 — U-12), free to anyone.
11am: Bay League: Otumoetai v Te Puke United.
1pm: W-League: Otumoetai v Tauranga City.