YANGON (27 April 2012) – The Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) have picked up on FIFA 11 for Health Program to be the ninth country in the world to do so. This was confirmed in a letter sent by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter to the MFF.
The FIFA 11 For Health program is the first ever project for Asia.
“I have been informed by Prof. J. Dvorak, FIFA Chief Medical Officer, that you have expressed great interest to implement the successful FIFA 11 For Health program with support of the Myanmar Football Federation in your country,” said Blatter.
“I can give you my personal and FIFA’s assurance for the nationwide implementation of this program after the positive experience in Mauritius, Namibia, Malawi and the pilot projects in Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mexico and Colombia.”
FIFA’s Medical and Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC) representatives are planning a meeting with MFF representatives in the week after the 62nd FIFA Congress.
The 11 for Health Program
* Health Message 1: Play football regularly Football – Skill = play football
* Health Message 2: Respect girls and women Football – Skill = passing
* Health Message 3: Protect yourself from HIV Football – Skill = heading
* Health Message 4: Avoid drugs and alcohol Football – Skill = dribbling
* Health Message 5: Use treated bed nets Football – Skill = shielding
* Health Message 6: Wash your hands Football – Skill = defending
* Health Message 7: Drink clean water Football – Skill = trapping
* Health Message 8: Eat a balanced diet Football – Skill = building fitness
* Health Message 9: Vaccinate yourself and family Football – Skill
* Health Message 10: Take prescribed medication Football – Skill =
* Health Message 11: Fair play Football – Skill = teamwork
Message from star player
“Forwards make the right moves on the pitch to avoid defenders.
Make the right moves off the pitch to avoid drugs and alcohol.”- Cristiano Ronaldo
“Players use their body to shield the ball from opponents. Use a treated bed net, while you sleep, to protect yourself from malaria.” – Samuel Eto’o
PIX: FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter (second from left) with U Zaw Zaw, the president of the Myanmar Football Federation (left)