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The Finest providing clear begin at Clapham Frequent

The Best FIFA Football Awards™

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  • FIFA funding delivering complete refurbishment of Clapham Common facilities
  • Separate changing rooms for women players for the first time
  • FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban joined by FIFA Legends to unveil project

Football is for everyone. It is a simple mantra, but one that needs actions to back it up. Clapham Common represents one of the most iconic patches of footballing turf in the United Kingdom’s capital, as home to more than 30 London FA clubs and hundreds of football players. But it has not been ‘for everyone’ of late.

The Greater London Women’s Football League (GLWFL) has stopped their clubs from booking Clapham Common as their home ground, due to the lack of female changing facilities. A campaign by a local team, and funds from FIFA, now aims to change that.

South London Laces, who play in the GLWFL, have been instrumental in lobbying for renovation. With The Best FIFA Football Awards™ taking place in the United Kingdom capital – and with FIFA keen to leave a lasting legacy in the city following the donation of equipment to Hackney Marshes last year – work has started on a complete refurbishment of the changing facilities.

“We’ve been campaigning and lobbying for the facilities to be upgraded for over a year now,” said Emily Hill, founder of South London Laces. “We support a lot of women and girls who can’t afford to play football in the local area and this upgrade is really needed. There are over 100 women playing here every Sunday and we need to provide facilities that offer a safe and comfortable space to get changed.”

At an event to unveil the project attended by FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban, as well as FIFA Legends Laura Georges, Nwankwo Kanu, Mark Schwarzer, Gilberto Silva, Kelly Smith and Rachel Yankey, the importance of grassroots football was made abundantly clear.

“This is the true impact of hosting The Best FIFA Football Awards in London, a truly passionate city with an active and engaged grassroots scene,” Boban said. “FIFA is giving back to the football world and continuing to invest in developing youth football, across both genders, to continue to grow the game. Today, we have seen exactly why that matters. On Monday night, we will celebrate the top players and coaches of the sport, so today we celebrate the unsung heroes of our global game.

“The Best FIFA Football Awards is about ‘giving football back to the fans’ and it is important that the local children here today will be attending the final show. We believe in giving more opportunities at grassroots level, and these new changing rooms aim to give hope to young players that someday they may too get the chance to win a trophy at The Best FIFA Football Awards.”

Refurbishment details

  • 6-8 weeks of work until completion
  • Work began this week
  • Separate female facilities for the first time
  • Changing rooms, toilet block and shower facilities part of renovation

After the global extravaganza of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the world’s footballing gaze has already started to turn towards next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in France. With the top players and coaches of the women’s game set to be honoured at The Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday, the spotlight is shining brightly on women’s football ahead of France 2019.

“This shows that FIFA is not just about the World Cup, it’s about improving football in general,” said Laura Georges, FIFA Legend and former France international. “Everyone in the world is interested to see the best players on earth to play in France next year. But we don’t have superstars if we don’t train the little kids.”

“It’s important to show girls that they have the same facilities. They are welcome on the pitch.”

A light-hearted small-sided game between the FIFA Legends and local teams of varying age and gender served as a suitable showcase of inclusivity. The renovation of Clapham Common’s facilities will hopefully send a message that the beautiful game is to be enjoyed by everyone.

“It’s nice to be around these players,” said World Cup winner Gilberto Silva. “It’s this kind of space where we started playing football. If we improve the conditions for them, they can be inspired to play the game they love. That’s important.”

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The solitary fan who turned an inspiration

The Greatest FIFA Soccer Awards™

  • The one away supporter who travelled to the sport
  • Described by Chilean star Arturo Vidal as “an actual fan”
  • Will he win The FIFA Fan Award for 2018?

Nunca jugarás sólo (You may by no means play alone) is the promise that Sebastian Carrera has emblazoned on the flag of his beloved Membership de Deportes Puerto Montt. And judging by what he did late final 12 months, you would need to say he’s man of his phrase.

On Sunday 22 October 2017, Carrera was the one Albiverde fan who travelled the 1,500 kilometres that separate Puerto Montt from Coquimbo to cheer on his crew in a Chilean second division fixture. And it was exactly that great show of loyalty that earned him a nomination for The FIFA Fan Award for 2018.

“It is superb the whole lot that has occurred since then,” Carrera instructed FIFA.com. “And to assume that I virtually didn’t go,” added the unassuming 34-year-old.

Earlier than

Although a slightly shocking revelation, it’s nearly as good a spot as wherever to begin the story.

“The Monday earlier than the sport I instructed my spouse, who I met by means of soccer eight years in the past, that I in all probability wouldn’t go due to a household celebration we’d deliberate at residence. However once I came upon on the Friday afternoon that none of my associates had been travelling, I mentioned to myself: ‘I can’t miss it’.”

As ever, getting break day was not an issue, with Sebastian having organised his hours with the retail gross sales firm he works for with the Puerto Montt fixture in thoughts. With that sorted, his epic journey might start.

“Driving was out of the query and my funds doesn’t allow flying, so on Friday I boarded my first bus and headed to Santiago. There I rested up for a number of hours earlier than departing that night time for Coquimbo, the place I obtained in round 5am Sunday morning.”

Stats from his journey

  • 3000: the overall variety of kilometres he travelled that weekend
  • 40: the approximate variety of hours he spent on board buses
  • 5000: the worth in Chilean pesos (roughly USD $ eight) he paid for his match ticket

Carrying the membership’s conventional white and inexperienced jersey and only a mild jacket, he started to really feel conspicuous among the many gathering supporters of Coquimbo Unido. “They’re a really fanatical bunch so, to keep away from any issues, I walked some seven kilometres alongside the coastal avenue to La Serena, which is much less of a footballing metropolis.”

After taking a nap on the seashore, he had one thing to eat then made his method to the stadium. It was there that he obtained his first large shock of the day: the guests’ stand and ticket sales space had been each closed.

“They hadn’t offered a single ticket and they also requested me if there have been extra Puerto Montt followers coming. I hadn’t seen any others, so that they opened the away finish only for me. They even put safety in there!”

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Throughout

So how had been you handled by the four,000 residence followers? “At first there have been a number of insults thrown, however simply ribbing for probably the most half. However then after they noticed I used to be going to maintain cheering anyway, they warmed to me.”

The picture of him standing on their own in that stand shortly went viral, and by half-time Roja icon Arturo Vidal had already posted the image of Sebastian on Instagram with the remark: “This can be a actual fan”.

Then after the sport, he skilled many sort gestures from the house followers, this regardless of having watched their crew go down 2-1 to the visiting Puerto Montt facet. “Some applauded me, others provided to purchase me meals or drink and convey me to the bus station… I’d by no means had something like that occur to me earlier than.”

After

Within the days that adopted, many Puerto Montt gamers took to social media to thank him for his assist, and he even had a congratulatory name from one Coquimbo participant.

“My spouse mentioned she was very pleased with me, as was my boss, who knew how fanatical I used to be however hadn’t realised the type of sacrifices I used to be making. Many members of the general public had been additionally proud and approached me to say how I used to be an inspiration to them. It was all very gratifying.”

For all that, his subsequent nomination for the FIFA Fan Award got here as a shock. “I had simply returned from dropping off my daughter at college once I began getting calls to say my nomination was being reported in a number of media shops.”

Fairly quickly he obtained the affirmation he wanted. “I checked the FIFA web site, and once I noticed it there I needed to pinch myself. I needed to work that afternoon, however my head was elsewhere throughout that shift.”

This die-hard fan, who has by no means been exterior his homeland, admits that “profitable the award can be very vital not only for me, but additionally for the membership, for Chile and for the tens of millions of followers like me in golf equipment in all places.”

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