April 6 – A women’s football match at the Dead Sea this week entered the Guinness Book of Records for having been played at the lowest point on earth, 400 meters below sea level.
Representatives of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) attended the match which was part of the promotion for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup currently under way.
The event was organised by the so-called Equal Playing Field (EPF) initiative, which aims to challenge gender inequality in sports. In June last year two women’s teams went head-to-head at the other end of the scale – the top of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
“It was great to play a competitive game of football on a top-quality pitch,” said Laura Youngson, Co-Founder of Equal Playing Field. “We were able to showcase the best of women’s football with our team of strong female athletes from around the world. It was humbling to see the size of the crowd and to inaugurate the community pitch with a world record match.”
Players included Jordan’s top goal-scorer Farah Azab, former Jordan captain Luna Sahoul, former French international Sandrine Dusang, Afghanistan captain Shabnam Mobarez as well as pro players and competitive amateurs from the USA, Spain, India, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Tanzania, Australia, the UK and many more.
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