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The ISF World School Football Championship kicks off in Morocco with record participation

ISF School Soccer World Championship

The world of school football is buzzing as the ISF School Soccer World Cup kicks off in vibrant Morocco. With 29 countries participating, the event will be the biggest soccer world cup ever hosted by the ISF, promising an unparalleled celebration of talent, sporting competition and cultural exchange.

Unprecedented participation

This year’s ISF School Soccer World Championship boasts an impressive 47 teams, including 18 girls’ teams and 29 boys’ teams. The tournament will no doubt be an excellent platform for these talented young men and women to demonstrate their skills, inspire the next generation and take part in these multicultural events.

Among the participating countries, Morocco, Uganda, China, Brazil are distinguished by the largest number of teams. As host, Morocco is proud to present four teams, fueling local enthusiasm for the event. Uganda with its two boys’ teams and one girls’ team and China with four teams (2 teams of both sexes) are also showing great interest in this soccer event and school sport.

African nations shine

Hosted by Rabat, the City of Lights, this event will reach the largest number of participants from African countries with 12 countries represented. Among countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Mali and Gambia, Burkina Faso and Benin will enjoy their first ISF experience at this championship.

This achievement reflects the growing interest and commitment to football in the region and provides these young players with an opportunity to gain unforgettable international experiences, rich in encounters and cultural exchanges.

Women's Chinese Band
Benin boys team

Morocco in the spotlight

For Morocco, this championship is the second major ISF event organized in the country, after the successful organization of Gymnasiade in 2018. Gymnasiade demonstrated the country’s ability to host international sporting events and created a lasting legacy for school sports in the country. The ISF World School Soccer Championship is set to continue this tradition, leaving a lasting impact on the local sports community.

It is also extremely important at ISF events to prioritize the educational aspect of our athletes. During the championship, participants will take part in a series of enriching workshops and cultural experiences through the ISF Academy and the Young Reporter program. Rabat promises to provide a truly spectacular and unforgettable experience for all young athletes.

Unknown heroes: volunteers

Behind the glory of every sporting event lie the tireless efforts of countless volunteers who ensure the smooth running of the competition. The ISF World School Soccer Championship is no exception, with over 400 volunteers involved in the organization and management of various aspects of the tournament. Their passion for sport and football and their commitment will play a key role in creating an unforgettable experience for both participants and spectators.

Cultivating friendship and unity

In addition to the spirit of competition, the ISF World School Soccer Championship is also an opportunity to strengthen friendship and understanding between cultures. Participants from all walks of life will have the opportunity to interact, exchange ideas and celebrate their shared love of football. Such events demonstrate the potential of sport to cross language, cultural and social barriers, promoting a more inclusive and harmonious world.

As the ISF World School Soccer Championship kicks off in Morocco, the world is eagerly awaiting the development of these young athletes’ talents. The competition will no doubt be fierce, but the camaraderie and spirit of unity emanating from the tournament will be a true testament to the enduring strength of the sport on the world stage. May the ISF World School Soccer Championship in Morocco be a spectacular success and leave a lasting legacy for future generations of football enthusiasts.

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