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807 Players Break World Record For Longest Football Match

807 Players Break World Record For Longest Football Match

The Lyon Foundation have broken two world records, for the longest game of football and the most players in a football match, to help raise funds for charity.

Everyone's played huge games of football on the playground when it seemed like the entire school year were chasing after one ball but what about a match with 807 players?

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Players of all sizes, ages, genders and nationalities played 5-a-side football for 68 hours, obviously not all at once, in order to break two world records.

The Lyon Foundation's game that lasted nearly three days was both the longest game ever and featured the most players ever and finished a respectable 399-369.

The match raised money for the Equal Playing Field Association, a charity which aims to bring equality to men and women.

Players take part in the match. Image: Lyon Foundation
Players take part in the match. Image: Lyon Foundation

Nichole Tiggs came from the US to play in the match and told the club's website, "Equal Playing Field helps put women on an equal footing with men. And it is precisely to support this cause that I came here."

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And former Lyon Women's player Sandrine Dusang also played a part in the match, saying, "I had not hesitated to make the highest and lowest match in the world, so it's quite logical that I agreed to do the third project here in Lyon, I could not miss it."

The match was also used to encourage players from all walks of life to get together and to encourage women in football.

During the match activities took place on the side of the pitch that included workshops, conference and debates on the place of women in football, whilst some of the Women's World Cup matches were also shown.

One of the discussions as the match went on. Image: Lyon Foundation
One of the discussions as the match went on. Image: Lyon Foundation

Lyon Women are the best team in Europe, they have won the Champions League six times, including the last four titles, and been runners up twice.

England players Lucy Bronze and Izzy Christiansen were part of the title winning side, against Barcelona, last season and will be joined by Nikita Parris for next season.

Lucy Bronze with the Champions League trophy. Image: PA Images
Lucy Bronze with the Champions League trophy. Image: PA Images

France hosted the World Cup and were one of the favourites but unfortunately for them came up against champions USA in the quarter final and were knocked out.

Topics: Football News, Ligue 1, French football, Lyon, World Record, France

Ryan Sidle

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