Norway Trip 2018 Press and Media

San Diego Soccer Women were featured on the FIFA Women’s World Cup Facebook page for their Norway trip in 2018. Click to view the original post in Facebook.
Fotballmammaene på Norway Cup
Seksmålsscorer for Norge, Lisa Bonnevie, og Maren Stenseth for USA. Foto: Karl Andreas Kjelstrup
19 women aged 41-77 are travelling from San Diego to Norway. They will play football, and raise awareness of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
We'll be bringing you more of their trip, showing that age is no barrier to playing. Safe travels San Diego Soccer Women PLAY - Leagues for Ages 30+!
En feil i en post på Facebook førte til at damelaget fra San Diego satte ut på en ni dager lang Norges-tur. Fredag blåses vennskapskampen mot lokale spillere i gang i Henningsvær.
Press Release Announcing the Partnership between San Diego Soccer Women and UNA USA San Diego. URL to press release onlne

Senior Women Soccer Ambassadors To Compete In Friendly Games In Norway

San Diego, California, July 5, 2018 - The United Nations Association of the United States of America, San Diego Chapter (UNA-USA San Diego) proudly supports a team of female recreational soccer players, ranging in ages from 41 to 77, embarking on a nine-day trip to Norway, Europe during July and August 2018. San Diego Soccer Women has been invited for friendly matches at the famous Henningsvaer Field in Lofoten Islands and at an exhibition event in connection with Norway Cup 2018 in Norway’s Capital, Oslo.

As local ambassadors for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the nineteen women athletes have chosen to highlight and raise awareness for three of the seventeen SDGs during their tournaments, namely . GOAL#3 Good Health and Well-Being, The physical, emotional and mental benefits of exercise; . GOAL#5 Gender Equality, Equitable opportunities for women and girls worldwide; . GOAL#10 Reduced Inequalities, Discrimination based on age, gender and sexual orientation.

A passionate soccer player and founder of San Diego Soccer Women, Brandi Mitchell is leading the ambassadorial team representing San Diego community in support of the Global Goals World Cup and Impact Games. A strong believer in the SDGs, Brandi feels that “by doing my part in bringing visibility to women actively engaged in sport, be it recreationally or professionally, I may silence people who discriminate against age, gender and sexual identities while also modeling inclusiveness and activism for my two children.”

Mitchell found an enthusiastic partner in the United Nations Association San Diego. “We have been promoting the SDGs/Global Goals locally since their world-wide implementation in 2015,” offered Bettina Hausmann, Executive Director of UNA USA San Diego. Hausmann stresses, “we witnessed that from gender inequalities to sustainable cities, when people are given the space, encouragement and connections to engage with the Global Goals, we stand a chance to realize them together within our lifetime.”

San Diego Soccer Women is scheduled to meet with Norwegian Government Officials and Representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) during their ambassadorial trip. The team’s journey will be covered extensively by UNA USA San Diego via its Social Media Channels and followed closely by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).

For media and press inquiries contact Executive Director, Bettina Hausmann
Norway Cup Announcement about the Gender Equality event inspired by, and including, San Diego Soccer Women on July 30.URL to announcement online
We have the pleasure to welcome you to the Norway Cup and Norwegian Tipping seminar:
"Football is football - equal opportunities for girls and boys? "

Monday 30 July at 12: 45-14: 00.
Location: Culture arena, Ekebergsletta (back stage)

Mingling and light refreshments (12.45 to 13.00)
SEMINAR (13.00 to 14.00)
• Welcome by ASNE Havnelid (adm. Dir. Norwegian Tipping) and Paal Karstensen (Chairman Norway Cup)
• Posting of Equality Linda Hofstad Helleland
• Posting of football president Terje Svendsen
• From the grassroots to the national team - stories from the coach's perspective Chinese Lunde - Nore Neset IL, and Solveig Gulbrandsen - Kolbotn IL.
• Panel discussion: Linda Hofstad Helleland, Terje Svendsen, Hege Jørgensen (CEO, Toppfotball Women), ASNE Havnelid and Zaineb Al-Samarai (Member of Parliament and soccer engaged). Debate Leader: Anne Sturød.
• Summary

Grassroots caps (14.30) Friendly match between the United States (San Diego Soccer Women) and Norway (Kjelsås Soccer Early Birds). Location: Finalebanen.

With best regards