Een initiatief van Malmberg

Dare to shine

Female football player drinking from a water bottle

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is being held in France between 7 June and 7 July 2019. Alex Scott is an English former footballer and has played for the English national team 140 times. She has a message for the World Cup players.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions:

national team – team that represents a country
football cage – a space surrounded by wire on all sides where you can play football
escape – something that helps you to forget about your usual life or problems
to doubt someone – to have a feeling that someone cannot do something well or succeed at something
to prove someone wrong – to show by your actions that someone’s judgment of you was not correct
determination – the ability to continue trying to do something that is very difficult
on the cusp of something – at the point when something is about to change to something else
to shine – to be very good or successful at an activity
to take the spotlight – to do things that make people pay more attention to you


First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


1. Where did Alex start playing football?
2. Did everyone always believe that Alex could be great at football?
3. What was Alex’ determination to keep going and not give up?
4. According to Alex, what is happening with women’s football now?
5. What is Alex’ advice to the girls playing in the World Cup?

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