Twitter, Nike, Three and more pitch in on Women's World Cup

A round-up of the best brand activity around the tournament in France.

Copa90: exhibition features artworks of 50 players
Copa90: exhibition features artworks of 50 players

Whether or not it’s "coming home", one thing is for sure: the Women’s World Cup has presented brands with the perfect opportunity to engage football fans on a global scale.

From a life-size statue of Lioness Lily Parr to a flurry of activity from Nike, Campaign rounds up everything brands have been doing to celebrate England’s Lionesses and empower women.

Hometown murals

Twitter is paying homage to stars of the game by commissioning a series of murals dedicated to them. 

The murals, painted by top female artists, will be located across Britain in areas where the Lionesses and Scotland squad grew up and first discovered their love of football.

Players featured include Nikita Parris (Liverpool), Beth Mead (Whitby) and Steph Houghton (Durham).

Fans can train, dress and get snapped as a football star

Nike has teamed up with Unit9 to help fans create a personalised poster of themselves as a football star. Building on Wieden & Kennedy’s "Dream further" campaign, customers can step inside a bespoke booth to have their image edited on to a background of cheering crowds. The in-store activation is running in London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, in Nike's Shoreditch store, experiential agency XYZ has created a private retail installation showcasing designers’ takes on Women's World Cup kits. The designers behind the "For every future athlete" collection include Yoon Ambush, Marine Serre, MadeMe and Koché.

The sportswear brand also held a women's football festival at Hackney Marshes in London featuring workouts led by Nike trainers, coaching clinics by Football Association coaches and seven-a-side tournaments.

Lily Parr immortalised with life-size statue

As part of Mars’ "#SupportHer" campaign, the official supporter of the England women’s football team has immortalised Lioness Lily Parr.

The life-size bronze statue – which Mars claims to be the first of a female footballer – was unveiled at the National Football Museum on 3 June.

Parr had a 32-year career in football as an outside left-winger, scoring more than 980 goals in 833 games.

The sculptor, Hannah Stewart, also created a miniature trophy that will be awarded (by public vote) to the Lioness who most displays Parr’s characteristics of teamwork, determination and skill during the tournament.

Match of the week

Sky Sports and Visa have partnered to launch a weekly round-up of tournament to be broadcast every Friday for four weeks. The deal was brokered by Starcom.

France 2019 Weekly Roundup is also available on demand on skysports.com and is presented by Laura Woods. Sporting guests include England’s longest-serving captain to date, Faye White, and former England player Izzy Christiansen.

Airline flies fans out for kick-off

Qatar Airways hosted a series of activations to celebrate the Women’s World Cup. For the #FifaFanMatch initiative, four social media competition winners were flown out to Paris via business class and invited to watch the first match and opening ceremony.

Other activities include its "360 fan cam", which offers fans a chance to win business-class flights and match tickets to the quarter finals, and a specially designed stand in the Fifa Fan Experience in Paris, Lyon and Nice, where spectators can take part in a virtual goalkeeper competition to watch football free-stylers.

Sign the petition for a lioness emoji

In support of the Lionesses, Three is calling for an official lioness emoji with a Change.org petition, supported by former England player Kelly Smith.

It’s promoting this as part of its in-store campaign, which follows on from last year’s World Cup activity featuring an official lion emoji.

The petition to the Unicode Consortium – the organisation overseeing the global standard for emojis – has already received more than 1,300 signatures.

Exhibition displays artworks of 50 players

Copa90 commissioned an illustration team that was 50% female and 50% male to create artworks to highlight 50 players who dominate women’s football.

"50/50", which was displayed at Copa90's clubhouse in Paris, then in Lyon for the semi-finals and final, features players including US legend Abby Wambach, ex-England footballer and presenter Alex Scott and Italy goalkeeper Laura Giuliani.

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