Goal Click X Women's World Cup
Goal Click X Women's World Cup
A selection of snapshots from the lives of female footballers all over the world - from World Cup stars to grassroots players - as part of the Goal Click project.
Goal Click finds inspirational people from every country in the world to tell stories about themselves, their community and their country through football - all from their own perspective using disposable analogue cameras and their own words.
Ahead of the Women's World Cup, Goal Click created a new global women’s football series, documenting the journey to the Women’s World Cup for some of the world’s best players (including 18 World Cup stars), as well as the lives of internationals, professionals, and grassroots players from around the world.
“Two players from the Córdoba CF senior squad, Cristina Medina and Irene Ragman, were walking out to our home pitch. It represents the way in which teams in the second division prepare to play. Although I was suspended, I had to capture this moment, because I was supporting my teammates from the outside.
I am a soccer player and graduated in physics from the University of Chile. I finished my undergraduate degree and started a PhD in 2018, but when the option to play in Spain came ahead of the World Cup, I paused my studies - I intend to do a postgraduate in the future.”
“Just 22 of my best friends getting ready for the biggest games of our lives. This was our training camp during the beginning of May in San Jose, which was part of our World Cup prep and Send Off Series. Football is the greatest sport on earth. I hope that the generations that come after I am done playing continue to push the sport forward and get even more respect and attention that they deserve.”
“My team Trondheims-ørn was playing against another top division Norwegian team. That week it had been snowing intensely and it sure didn’t stop for the game. I couldn’t play this game because my paperwork for the team was not complete.
Practicing and playing in the snow is really hard. Everything is cold and my toes always go numb, plus the ground is really slippery because the ice melts, then freezes on the ground. If you look in the background, you can see pile on piles of snow.”
“I wanted to show our team spirit. We are all very different people but still a tight group as a football team. We have the same goals and always make this circle before games with the whole team. Our captain says a few words and then we have a yell. In this circle before the game you feel the excitement and ‘ready-ness' of the girls. It gives a good feeling of belonging to the team. This is what football is, a team sport, working together, tight, as in this circle, we can lean on each other.”
“The University of California, Berkeley was where I trained while preparing for the World Cup because I was still in school and didn’t have a professional team to train with. My teammates stayed after practice getting some extra runs in after our team workout. I was looking to capture the quote “Today, I will do what others won’t so that tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” It was to focus on the mentality of putting in extra work to become the player you want to be. It shows my favourite practice field in the morning, which is my favourite time to practice on it. The view from that field is amazing and the trees in the background really show a Northern California vibe that I hold dear to my heart.”
“This is Meital Sharaby, she’s a 19-year-old left back at ASA Tel Aviv. It was after the last practice before the championship match. It represents the atmosphere around our team and the passion we have for women’s football. The practice was done but we still love fooling around with ball.”
"My Matildas teammates were on a recovery day at the beach. I think the future of Australian Women's football could be completely accelerated if this team does something huge in France this year. I think we're on the edge of a massive breakthrough in Australia, so if we were to bring home a medal and say 'here's the proof', I think funding, full time leagues, representative teams... I think it would all take off in a big way."
“I grew up in Arusha where the football opportunities were very limited. Football traditions are not very linked to women and girls. There was not money to buy gear, but I got the opportunity to play football because of Future Stars Academy.
Football contributes to happiness for many people here - also for kids who don’t have a lot of joy in their life.”
“My national teammates were preparing for the Pacific Games in Samoa. I wanted to tell the world that we Tongans are here to play football like other countries. I’m proud to say that as long we have a ball we can play football, it doesn’t matter about the clothes we are wearing.”
“My friend Sita was trying to control the ball on her head. Sita is usually very shy to do something but when she has to do it, she will. Just like me. She has the talent but she's shy to show it.
Our team has played on many different fields. We have had to keep shifting the places where we play because the farmers would get jealous and start to plough their fields so as to not allow us to play there. We've never had a permanent place to play. Nowadays we play in Hesatu. Although that is still not a permanent place, we make do.”