#SameGoals is a Global Initiative to Increase Girls’ Participation in Soccer
#SameGoals wants to inspire the next generation of female footballers by delivering footballs to every girl who sends in a video posted using #SameGoals and tagging @ManCity. Details below.
When success happens, it is great when it repeats itself and that is what #SameGoals is looking for. Especially when it is helping more girls enjoy playing soccer.
Manchester City is delighted to announce the return of the #SameGoals initiative for the second year running, based upon the smashing success from last year inaugural effort to inspire the next generation of female soccer players.
The idea is simple.
Deliver a soccer ball to every girl who sends in a video.
Girls just have to show themselves scoring – or saving – a goal, this way each girl can keep playing and growing her passion for the game.
How to Enter Manchester City’s #SameGoals
To enter #SameGoals, girls are encouraged to post a video on Twitter or Instagram that shows them scoring – or saving – a goal.*
The goal can be scored, or saved, anywhere using any kind of ball; the more creative, the better.
For every video posted using #SameGoals and tagging @ManCity, the Club will send out a soccer ball so she can keep playing.
The deadline for entries is 23:59 on March 31st.
*As this initiative runs on social media, girls under the age of 13 will need to request the permission of their legal guardian and submit their goals using their parent or legal guardian’s social media account.
What’s New for #SameGoals 2019
New for 2019, Manchester City will host a series of #SameGoals soccer festivals across a variety of global locations, including the United States, Manchester, Abu Dhabi, and China, to provide girls with even more opportunities to play the game.
In collaboration with Goals Soccer Centers, Manchester City will help deliver four #SameGoals tournaments across California that will be open to all participants.
Taking place in Rancho Cucamonga and Covina on March 9th and South Gate and Pomona on March 16th, these tournaments will offer girls the opportunity to play the game and test their skills.
Give a Girl Ball and you’ve got a Footballer
Manchester City captain, Steph Houghton said, “Soccer is such an incredible sport to take part in. It’s fun, a great way to make friends and helps you to keep fit and healthy. We hope Same Goals encourages even more girls to give soccer a go and see how amazing it is.
“The entries submitted last year were unbelievable and I hope all those girls have kept practicing and have some new tricks and skills to show us this year!”
Janine Beckie, Manchester City forward added, “I played many different sports growing up, but soccer was my passion and still is. My parents really supported my dream and being able to play day in and day out made a huge difference.
“#SameGoals is fantastic because when it comes to playing soccer all you need is a ball to get started.”
“By sending out soccer balls to all the girls who want to play the game, Manchester City is providing them with a unique opportunity to practice every chance they get,” said Beckie.
“Everyone at Manchester City was delighted to see how many girls participated in last year’s Same Goals initiative and this year we want to reach even more young people. By hosting a variety of soccer festivals in different global locations, including Manchester, America, and China, we hope to bring the game closer to girls everywhere,” said Gavin Makel, Head of Women’s Football.
“At Manchester City, we are committed to inspiring the next generation of female soccer players, providing them with opportunities to play the game and showing them there is a pathway to the elite level.”
On Sunday, February 10th, Manchester City will host an unmissable doubleheader as both the women’s and men’s teams face off against Chelsea. This is the first time both City teams will play the same opposition at home on the same day and there will be several #SameGoals activations taking place across the Etihad Campus that day.