THE WORLD RECORD MATCH
How does the World Record game work?
We will play a regular game of 11-a side football on a full size pitch. However, the game only ends when teams run out of substitutes. To be counted, every player needs to play at least 10 minutes and touch the ball at least once. The game runs non-stop – including through the night. If 3000 players join us in France next year, we estimate the game will last about 5 days.
What’s the current World Record?
The current world record was broken in Chile in 2016. 2,357 players played a game lasting 4 days. We are looking to play a game with 3000 players, which may last 5 days in total.
When and where is it taking place?
The EPF World Record Match is presented in collaboration with Twitter and will take place in Lyon, France during the time of FIFA’s Women’s World Cup. The match will be part of a wider Festival of Football with tournaments, workshops on gender equality in sport, training opportunities and a film festival.
How long will I play for?
In order to be counted towards the World Record, players must play at least 10 minutes and touch the ball at least once. However, you can also play for longer than that, depending on scheduling (especially if you sign up for the overnight slots…). And we hope to run a football tournament on the sidelines of the Festival of Football so you can get more game time.
How long will it last?
We estimate the game will take 5 days – but you don’t need to be there for the whole time. There will be World Cup games taking place in Lyon that you might be interested to see ad we will run a wider Festival of Football over the week.
How good do I have to be?
Any level! We encourage amateurs and professionals alike. We will try to make sure that the game is fairly matched as it goes on, phasing in and out players of different skillsets throughout to make it a good match!
How old can you be to take part?
As long as you are in good health, and can play at least 10 minutes of a competitive game, you can join us. If you have any concerns, please contact us to discuss further. Under-18’s will need permission from a parent or guardian to play in the match.
Can I bring my teammates?
Yes! We are looking for players to come from as many countries in the world as possible. But we also know you might want to bring your team. We will have the opportunity for whole teams to join us by joining the same team as your friends while registering.
Can I play even though I am a man?
Yes! Many women and girls are lucky to have incredibly supportive men in their lives - fathers, brothers, friends, partners, colleagues. If you believe in our cause, then join us. We want the majority of our players to people who identify as female, but in some sections of the game, male champions can show us their skills too.
Are there limits on team size when registering?
Registration teams are limited to 11 players. This should include a minimum of 7 female players per team and a maximum of 5 players that are under 10 years old per team.
Do I need to have a team of 11 already formed to sign up as a team captain?
No! You can form a team with a few friends and make it Public so that others can join. The EPF team will help match individuals and incomplete teams as we get closer to the match.
How do I select a specific day/time to play?
As you go through the registration process, you will see an option to select the day and time you would like to play, within a 4 hour window (6/7 hours overnight).
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
A jersey and socks will be provided with your registration fee, but you should bring your own black shorts, shin pads and shoes that are suitable for synthetic astro turf.
Where will I stay?
There are many accommodation opportunities in Lyon. We recommend checking out the suburb of Meyzieu, which is just a short tram ride from Lyon City Centre!
How long do I need to be in Lyon?
You can join us for a few hours, a few days or for the whole week! Festival activities will span 5 days and your registration fee allows you to come and go as your schedule allows.
How will I get to the game? Do I need to rent a car?
Public transportation is available in Lyon. More info at www.tcl.fr/en. There will also be shuttle buses from key central locations. If you are playing overnight, we will run transport to and from your accommodation within Greater Lyon.
** Check out This is Lyon for even more info on accommodations, transportation and even more things to do in Lyon!
Will I get a certificate?
If we succeed in breaking the Guinness World Record, there will be an opportunity for you to get your own certificate, directly through Guinness World Records. We will help you through that process.
I can’t play/come but how can I help?
As you can imagine, for a challenge this big we need help! Do you know a company that would like to sponsor us? Do you know a journalist who likes the idea of the story? Do you know a team that would like to participate? Do you have the ability to make a small donation to help cover the costs of player who otherwise couldn’t make it? And if you don’t know anyone, you can still help us by spreading the world – of what we are trying to do, but also why we are trying to do it.
Is this just a publicity stunt?
Yes and no.
Yes, we want to grab some headlines and tell a great story. We want to get great visibility for our cause – a world where any woman or girl can play the game they love, without fear of discrimination.
No, because this is more than a publicity stunt. It is a major challenge we are undertaking to bring women and girls out of the shadows. To show that they exist and that they are playing, all over the world, often against the odds. It’s time to give them their time in the spotlight.
Are you crazy?
Just a little. But aren’t you a little bit too?
What do I do next?
2. Ask your teammates if they want to come too and share in your networks!
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