The one thing we share is the belief that football can make a difference

“I’m very happy to welcome you to Sports For Development Conference. ...Sport is a powerful tool to help the development of the country.” -Dr. Nguyen Cong Khan (Director General, Administration of Science Technology and Training, Ministry of Health Vietnam)

"Football is the most successful sport in the world. It's the sport anyone anywhere can play anytime. The power football has to change lives [is real]. It's about how football can be relevant in all areas -- not just the elite, but at the grassroots. ...20% of football players in Australia are female. Girls must have the opportunity to play. ...Football is more than just a game..." -Emma Highwood (Head of Community Football, Football Federation Australia) 

“This is the first time a football federation is taking on social responsibility with partnerships with professional is development working together. Nutrition must be the top priority. Nutrition is not a known secret for health & economic sustainability. Nutrition is at the root of football.” -Stefan Germann (Executive Director ONE GOAL)

New One Goal report released: Improving Nutrition for Adolescent Girls in Asia and the Middle East:  Innovations are Needed 

Dr. Regina Moench-Pfanner from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (a core ONE GOAL partner) presents a new report that highlights the need for innovations in improving the nutrition of adolescent girls in Asia and the Middle East to Dr. Nguyen Cong Khan (Director General, Administration of Science Technology and Training, Ministry of Health Vietnam).

English Premier League presents grant check to Football For All in Vietnam (a One Goal partner)

A few months ago, the AFC and the English Premier League signed a co-operation agreement for developing football in the region. One Goal was identified as one of the social development partners on this agreement. As a first expression of this, Football For All in Vietnam has been awarded a GBP15,000 grant as part of the EPL small grant programme. It will be used to fund grassroots football clubs with equipment, training sessions, opportunity to participate in tournaments, life skills training and Fun Football Festivals. Tim Vine, Head of Public Affairs of The Premier League, presents the check to Anders Krystad, Football For All in Vietnam. 

"Eat, Play, Live Right" - pan Asian photo exhibition on football, nutrition and children 

Healthy children equals healthy communities. The ONE GOAL campaign seeks to help build healthy nations by ensuring nutrition for every child, leveraging the power of football. The "Eat, Play, Live Right" photo exhibition showcases the amazing work of developing communities through sport, especially football, being done by One Goal partners around Asia. AFC Deputy General Secretary Dato' Windsor John and Ministry of Health Vietnam Director General Dr. Nguyen Cong Khan open the photo exhibition at the Sports For Development Conference. 

Freestyle Football demonstrations

"All you need is a ball" is the motto of Freestyle Football who combine freestyle tricks and dance by using a football. 

Themed session highlights

Nutrition and Maternal Health
  • There are clear linkages between the health of girls and women, nutrition, and participation in football.
  • It's critical that we look at nutrition through a woman's lifecycle, and particularly how nutrition intersects with maternal health. For example, half of all pregnant women in developing countries are iron deficient, which can lead to hemorrhage during childbirth. 
  • Access to nutrition and to maternal health services is a rights-based issue.
  • When addressing youth health services, it is critical to ensure that young people themselves are involved in the planning and implementation of these programs. 
Women's Health and HIV
  • There are 1.7 million women living with HIV in Asia. In Vietnam, 54% of HIV positive women report that their only possible exposure to the disease was through their intimate partner.
  • This is a rights issue: women and girls need equitable access to services, and to live free of violence, coercion and stigma.
  • When addressing nutrition, there is a critical need to shift the focus to adolescent girls, for their own sake and that of their offspring, to break the cycle of malnutrition, prevent obesity and chronic diseases later in life. Doing this requires working with boys as well.
  • Football can be a useful mechanism to send messages on nutrition.
  • Young people in humanitarian/crisis settings can be particularly vulnerable to HIV. Often, youth needs are not adequately addressed.
  • Again, meaningful youth participation is needed.

Girls participation in grassroots football

  • The opportunity to take part in grassroots football and other sports, for millions of girls around the world, depends on them having the same fundamental rights and freedoms as boys.
  • There is a way forward. This doesn't have to be a continual problem.
  • Grassroots football can empower girls by helping them realise opportunity. 

One Goal in Vietnam – a way forward

  • Members from National Institute of Nutrition, World Vision Vietnam, Football For All Vietnam, Libero Sports, World Vision Australia and Royal DSM met to discuss the way forward for One Goal in Vietnam. 
  • There are proven models which can be used to scale up efforts to address nutrition: Fortified food products, Nutrition education materials, Nutrition clubs – holistic community based approaches to extend Government health services, Football for development models. We know what can be done and through One Goal there is an opportunity to leverage sport to scale up effective models to ensure more children in Vietnam get the right nutrition and can participate in sport for a healthy lifestyle.
  • There are great distribution mechanisms and institutional infrastructures in place in Vietnam: Womens Union, Youth Union, Health networks, Schools, Parents, Provincial football structures. There are opportunities for inclusive business to improve the food choices at the base of the pyramid.

"I am confident we can make an impact through this game." - Dato' Windsor John, AFC Deputy General Secretary 


Special thanks to: The AFC, the AFDP, DSM, GAIN, World Vision Australia, Freestyle Football, Football For All in Vietnam, English Premier League; To speakers, panelists, and moderators: Dato' Windsor John, Dr. Nguyen Cong Khan, Stefan German, Urs Zanitti, Dr. Regina Moench-Pfanner, Dr. Jason Lee, Emma Highwood, Moya Dodd, Robert Van Den Heuvel, Kristan Schoultz, Stuart Ramalingam, Jurgen Griesbeck, Jane Fernandez, Ben Wallis, Joanna Hoffman, Michele Cox, Junko Imai, Mohamed Basir, Nguyen Hoang Phuong, Indu Capoor, Aiza Baldonado, Shreejana Bajracharya, Tim Vine, Dr. Anne Bunde-Birouste, Isaac Thomas, Dato' Dr. Gurcharan Singh, Yannick Foing, Sam Schweingruber, Lorraine Marriott, Dr. Annathurai Ranganathan, Grenville Hopkinson, Lam Thi Nguyen, Anders Krystad, Dr. Nguyen Anh Vu, Pratik Kumar, Neel Shah. 

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