Women's Football to scale new heights

Aug 5, 2015


Quick tidy passing from midfield reaches the diminutive right winger. The winger dribbles and places a teasing cross for the striker who strikes a volley into the top right hand corner. She scores!

Yes, that’s right. She.

Women’s football is on a high. With the success of the recent Women’s World Cup, now Malaysia’s women's football tournament Tun Sharifah Rodziah Cup 2015 is set to light up the local football scene.

The 28th edition of the tournament, organised by the Football Association of Malaysia is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam said, “Promoting gender equality and empowering women are the core work of UNDP and we are delighted to be able to support women’s football and a historic women’s football tournament in Malaysia. UNDP is no stranger to supporting women’s football as we are also supporting women’s development through football in other countries such as Maldives and Brazil”

10 teams from four states of Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka are currently competing to be the champions of the 28th edition of the women's football tournament Tun Sharifah Rodziah Cup 2015.

Michelle added, “Football is a powerful vehicle through which women and girls can chase their dreams and fulfil their potential, both in sport and in society. No woman should be subject to discrimination, abuse or disadvantage because of her gender. Football will be a leader in carrying this message to the world. Malaysia has been a supporter of women’s football, and with the added attention and support, Malaysia is increasing opportunities for more women to transition from being fans to players.” 

The tournament is being played in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and at the Judicial & Legal Training Institute (ILKAP), Bandar Baru Bangi from August 2 – 8, 2015.

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