Spirit of Football

We welcome ‘Spirit of Football’ to FloydFest 22~Heartbeat

“One Ball, One World” — Football for Climate Action

Since 2002, Spirit of Football (SOF), an education and advocacy nonprofit, has taken “The Ball” from Battersea Park, London (where the world’s first official match of soccer took place in 1864) to 50+ countries and five FIFA World Cups. For 2022, SOF has chosen to kick “The Ball” from London all around the world to New Zealand for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup — including a stop at FloydFest 22~Heartbeat.

The journey of The Ball is similar to the Olympic tradition of carrying a flame from one game’s venue to the next, except that it is much more inclusive, as anyone can kick, head and sign “The Ball.” In 2022 and 2023, SOF, supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation, will deliver workshops all over the world. The Ball and SOF will be at FloydFest, running fair-play workshops, gathering signatures, talking with festivalgoers about climate change and recording climate pledges.

The Ball’s journey has three core areas of focus:

  1. Fair Play — the idea that anyone, anywhere can play, irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, intellectual capacity or talent.
  2. Gender equality and engagement: Thousands of girls and women will play, grow and inspire others on The Ball’s first journey to the Women’s World Cup.
  3. Climate Action and sustainability: The planet will survive us. We, the global sports community, need to take action now. The Ball is a call to action: The Ball is at your feet, what are you going to do?