Girls’ Soccer Festival 2015 with U.S. Soccer Star Lorrie Fair

Joint Press Release: U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic and the National Soccer Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic

On the eve of the Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Canada, the National Soccer Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic and the U.S. Embassy and will host the Girls’ Soccer Festival 2015.  150 young female soccer players from Bishkek, Chui oblast, Osh, Jalalabad, and Talas will take part in the festival.

The event will take place June 20-21 at the National Soccer Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek (Address: 1 B Mederova Street).  The guest star of the festival will be Lorrie Fair, a former member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team who has dedicated her life to promoting social development, human rights, and education, as well as fighting racism and empowering women.  Lorrie was a World Cup champion in 1999, an Olympic gold medalist in 2004, and Olympic silver medalist in 2000.  Professionally, she played for the Philadelphia Charge in the United States, Olympique Lyonnais in France, and Chelsea FC in the United Kingdom.

Lorrie now works as Head of Programs for the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, whose mission is to help African youth protect themselves and their peers from HIV.  She is active in the U.S. State Department Sports Envoy Program and has visited Morocco, Paraguay, Algeria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Burma to promote youth development and empower women and girls.

During her visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, Lorrie will also participate in soccer festivals in Novopokrovka (June 16), Bokonbaevo and Tort Kul (June 17), Karakol (June 18-19), Kara Balta (June 22), and Kant (June 23).

The Bishkek festival program includes:

  • June 20, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Girls’ Soccer Festival (five girls’ teams participate)
  • June 21, 9:30 – 11:30 am, friendly match between the two leading girls’ teams in the Kyrgyz Republic, FC FFKR (Bishkek) and Abdysh-Ata (Kant)

Come to the soccer festival and enjoy the beautiful game with us!

For more information please contact the U.S. Embassy press service: 0312 551241, x 4446, 0770 770299