"I started Futebol dá força when I was 19 years old and ended up coaching a girls' football team in Mozambique in southern Africa. There I met coaches saying things like "My best player got pregnant when she was 13 years old, so now we don't score as many goals, we don't win as many games". Obviously, that's a problem for a football coach - we want to win our games… But what they were really describing were structural challenges to girls' development, but they were describing them with the sense of urgency of wanting to win their next game. That became the starting point for Futebol dá força, harnessing the power and sense of urgency of football coaches, equipping them with evidence-based knowledge and tools to also tackle the norms and attitudes that today prevent girls from exercising all their rights and getting equal opportunities to develop."
- Cecilia Safaee, founder