Malta Football Association
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Second issue of GOAL newspaper launched
Jun 14, 2019
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Malta women's team players Alishia Sultana (right) and Simone Buttigieg with the young members of the St Dorothy's Senior School football team. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA
Malta women's team players Alishia Sultana (right) and Simone Buttigieg with the young members of the St Dorothy's Senior School football team. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA

  • Malta women's team players Alishia Sultana (right) and Simone Buttigieg with the young members of the St Dorothy's Senior School football team. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA
  • PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA

The second issue of GOAL, the newspaper for kids and youths, is out. Building on the success of the first edition, launched in December, the second issue of GOAL is replete with interesting articles.


These include interviews with Malta women’s team captain Dorianne Theuma and referee Ishmael Barbara, a message from national coach Ray Farrugia and a two-page article with illustrations commemorating the 40th anniversary of Malta’s 0-0 draw with West Germany, played at the Empire Stadium on the 25th February, 1979.

 

Theuma, who is also the coach of the Malta U-16 girls’ team that finished first in the UEFA Youth Development Tournament in March (also featured in GOAL), recalls how she started playing football from a very young age.

 

“At the time, playing outdoors with other children was the most common thing to do,” Theuma says. “After completing my homework, I used to go out to play football.”

 

Young referee Barbara speaks about his passion for refereeing which began when his uncle, former FIFA referee Chris Lautier, gave him the pocket where he kept the yellow and red cards.

 

“In my secondary school years, at the St Paul’s Missionary College, my P.E. teacher Kenneth Camilleri gave me the opportunity to put these cards to use and referee in the school’s football league,” Barbara recounts.

 

“I loved it immediately and I knew that I wanted to pursue a career as a referee.”

 

These articles and more can be found in the second issue of GOAL which is intended to raise further awareness of the benefits of practising football both as a path to a sporting career and to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

 

OUTREACH CAMPAIGN


The launch of the second issue of GOAL is also being complemented with an outreach campaign.

 

Alishia Sultana and Simone Buttigieg, both members of the Malta women’s team, and Pierre Brincat, the Director of Women’s football at the Malta FA, visited the St Dorothy’s Senior School in Żebbuġ.

 

Martina Borg, also a national women’s team player, and Peter Busuttil, from the Malta FA’s Football Social Responsibility Department, met pupils of the St Albert The Great College in Valletta earlier this week.

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