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Opportunity. Equality. Respect.
Nothing more. Nothing less.

This is the motto and ethos of Equal Playing Field, who are helping take The Ball on its first journey to a Women’s World Cup (Australia/New Zealand 2023). Equal Playing Field is an organisation dedicated to challenging gender inequality in and through sport and promoting women’s sports development globally.

Promoting Equal Opportunity and Respect

With the support of Equal Playing Field and partners throughout the journey, the The Ball 2022/23 pledges to advance gender equality in sport, and to ensure equal opportunity and respect for girls and women every step of the way.

These Jordanian women, from the NGO JOHUD, played football for the first time in their lives at a SOF workshop in 2019 in Amman, Jordan. Many more women will be encouraged to play with the help of EPF and The Ball in 2022 and 2023.


The Ball 2022/23 will show the great passion that women and girls around the world have for the beautiful game. With our partner EPF we aim to encourage more girls and women to play football.


Our Fair Play Football method helps to give young women a voice on the and off of the pitch.
School girls in Nairobi, Kenya having fun kicking The Ball in 2010.
The Ball is age inclusive: Here a 97 year old woman signs The Ball in Santiago, Chile in 2014.

The Ball 2018 left England on 25th March 2018 and travelled to the World Cup in Russia.

The Ball 2014 kicked off from England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.