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If you want to boost the confidence of teenage girls, get them to play football. That’s the big takeaway from new research commissioned by UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations and an official partner of the Week.

The European Week of Sport aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level.
Girls doing sport

Girl footballers reported higher levels of confidence, self-esteem, well-being, and motivation than girls who play no sport at all. Crucially, the benefits of playing football extend off the pitch too. Evidence shows that football helps girls to solve problems and deal with pressure at school and work. Friendships made on teams also created an important support network.

The results make a compelling case for promoting football among teenage girls and making the sport more accessible.

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“Drawing upon my own experience, I can’t emphasise enough how important sport is when you are a girl growing up.”

- Nadine Kessler, retired German footballer

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By getting more girls on the pitch, we can push further against the gender inequality in sport that continues to persist across Europe as reported in the latest Eurobarometer. That’s why UEFA and #BeActive have joined forces to help increase girls’ participation in football and all other sports. Together, #WePlayStrong.

Disclaimer: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this report and campaign belong solely to UEFA and its partners, and are not necessarily the official policy or position of the European Commission.

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