The Festival of Football is a 5-day extravaganza centered around a marathon World Record football match presented in collaboration with Twitter.

Our Mission is simple:

Opportunity | Equality | Respect
Nothing more. Nothing less.

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3000 players of ALL ages, abilities and genders.


June 27th - July 1st, 2019


Groupama OL Academy Lyon, France
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Sport leads to strong and healthy individuals, builds confidence, gives great joy and teaches life skills such as commitment and teamwork. We think no girl should lose out, just because she is a girl.

We believe in a world where women and girls can play, coach, referee and work in the sport they love. We believe in a world where they are treated equally and are given the respect they deserve.

For far too long, women and girls have been in the shadows of the sport – fighting against outdated perceptions that football is not for girls.

We want to bring these women and girls - and their supporters - out of the shadows.

We aim to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of players ever to play in a single game. The current record is 2,357 people, over 4 days (playing non-stop). We think we can break that.

If you love the beautiful game, and if you share our vision, we want you to join us…  


Applications to cover the Festival of Football are now open. Please complete the form below (note that every member of the team will need to complete the form individually) by June 21 2019. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee accreditation for the event.


The Festival of Football is powered by Equal Playing Field, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to challenging the gender inequalities that exist in sport.


In 2017 we demanded respect for our highest altitude Guinness World Record. In Jordan, we ran football camps for hundreds of girls in Jordan, providing an opportunity to play for the first time. The Festival of Football 2019 provides a good opportunity to talk about equality at the highest level, but our next World Record – the highest participation game ever played – also allows us to talk about equality at the grassroots level too.

Learn More About Equal Playing Field