The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy arrived in Paris, France, over the weekend as part of its 32 nation tour, accompanied by a FIFA delegation including Secretary General Fatma Samoura, Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman and Chief Member Associations Officer, Kenny Jean Marie.
Hot on the heels of its visit to the Netherlands, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy was brought to FIFA’s Paris offices for a special reception to welcome it back to France, the Host Country of the last edition of the ultimate tournament in women’s football.
The FIFA delegation welcomed guests from the Fédération Française de Football (FFF) including Interim President Philippe Diallo, Secretary General Laura Georges, Legends Aline Riera and Lilian Thuram, as well as the first-ever French women’s national team captain to play in a FIFA Women’s World Cup, Michele Monier.
The event provided an opportunity to discuss France’s hosting of the eighth edition of the competition in 2019, as well as the iconic status of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy, and its symbolic power to evoke and inspire female empowerment and sporting excellence.
Speaking in her address to the French football representatives present, the FIFA Secretary General said: “Being here among so many familiar faces is wonderful and I am immediately taken back to the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup that took place here in France during the summer of 2019, and was heralded as the greatest in the tournament’s history. We hope that the ninth edition, kicking off this July 20th in Host Countries Australia and New Zealand/Aotearoa will be as successful – and I hope that we can count on everyone here to spread the word about the excitement, surprises and pure joy the competition brings. We want you, the French football community, to stand with us as we push boundaries, stereotypes and outdated ideas about women’s football and the worth of the Women’s World Cup and the women in the game. When we consider the transformative power of football and the spirits of empowerment and confidence it instils in those involved in it, it’s clear that the value of the female game and the FIFA Women’s World Cup is truly priceless.”
The FIFA delegation then travelled to a fan-zone area outside Paris’ Parc des Princes Stadium, where Fatma Samoura unveiled the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy with the help of Les Bleues’ new Head Coach, the legendary Hervé Renard, much to the delight of the large number of young girls present, from youth football clubs, themselves keen amateur footballers, whose dream is to one day lift the coveted Trophy.
The next stop for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour is Spain. To find out more about the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Australia & New Zealand, click HERE .