Game changer: Dead Sea women’s football match to break Guinness World Record


Published: 2018-04-02 11:09

Last Updated: 2022-06-27 20:01

First-of-its-kind football match will challenge gender inequality in sports.
First-of-its-kind football match will challenge gender inequality in sports.

A historic women’s football match is scheduled to kick off at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, under the patronage of HRH Prince Ali on Thursday, 5 April, 2018.

The match is organized and will be played by the Equal Playing Field (EPF) initiative, and it is set to break the Guinness World Record for a women’s football match played on the lowest point on earth - 400 meters below sea level to be precise.

One of the main goals of the match is to promote the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup (WAC), which is scheduled to be held in Amman in the period between 4-8 April, 2018.

The first-of-its-kind football match will also challenge gender inequality in sports by featuring positive female role models, as well as encourage social acceptance of female athletes through football.

Erin Blankenship, the co-founder of EPF, told the Jordan Times that “we also wanted to tell more about Jordan and invite one or two women from each country including players, coaches, referees and managers to do a 12-day tour around the Kingdom where they will play exhibition games.”

This football match will set the second world record for the EPF, after formerly breaking the record for the highest women’s football match ever played in June 2017, when two teams went head-to-head at the top of Kilimanjaro.

“We will make our second world record for the year by organising games in the highest and lowest points on earth. HRH Prince Ali is planning to build a new field for the community, which will be available for everyone after the big launching game,” Blankenship said.