On Saturday 10th of December, Charge d’Affaires John Mikal Kvistad, together with Vice President of the Iranian Football Federation, Laila Sofizadeh, and Head of Education Committee Mohammad Ehsani, attended the last day of the follow up meeting of the Girls’ Football Coaching Course in Tehran. The Coaching Course is an introductory course for Iranian female coaches on how to coach football for children. It was first held in Tehran in May 2016, and this week the Norwegian coaches were back in Iran for a beginners course with 24 participants and a follow-up course with over 40 participants. The Charge d’Affaires attended the diploma ceremony of the course, and he was very impressed by all the talented young girls and women he met. “It is great to see the good cooperation and common language a sport like football can create, no matter where we are in the world. Everybody should have the opportunity to participate, both boys and girls” Mr. Kvistad emphasized.
The course is developed in cooperation between the sports department and the international department of the Norwegian Football Association, and is based on the C-licence qualification that is taught in Norway. The course builds on the Association’s vision, which is football enjoyment, opportunities, and challenges for all. The main aim of the course is to encourage and empower women’s ability to participate in grassroot football, and to give girls an opportunity to play and experience football characterized by safety and well-being. The course is also held in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Egypt, in addition to Iran.
Norway has long experience in women’s football and has done well in the World Cup and European championships through the years, being World Cup winners in 1995 and having qualified 5 times for the World Cup and 11 times for the UEFA championships winning twice (1987 and 1993), while also winning the Olympics final once (2000 in Sydney). While Iran also is doing extremely well in women’s football, the Iranian Football Federation has shown gratitude for the cooperation with the Norwegian Football Association to improve the skills of their women coaches.