Girls from India and Pakistan unite to create Guinness World Record

Five female football coaches from Jharkhand's NGO Yuwa India teamed up with a Pakistan football player to participate in Equal Playing Field's attempt at setting a world record for the longest non-stop football marathon.

In a cross-cultural sporting initiative, five women footballers from India along with a player from Pakistan joined others from all over the world to attempt setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest non-stop marathon football match at Lyon, France.

Shivani Toppo, Sumitra Kumari, Sunita Kumari, Puja Kumari Oraon and Supriya Kumari - all coaches from Jharkhand-based NGO Yuwa India, which is supported by BookMyShow’s charity initiative BookASmile - participated in the 'Equal Playing Field’ (EPF) initiative at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France.

Abiha Haider, who teamed up with the Indian girls, is part of Pakistan's national team.

 

The world record for the longest football marathon is currently set at 108 hours and 2 minutes, held by Heartbeat United FC (UK) for a match played from May 26 until May 30 in 2016.

 

Equal Playing Field fielded 809 players in 69 hours of continuous play and put up a score of 404-369. This was its world record attempt for the largest number of players to appear continuously in a five-a-side match, although EPF is awaiting official numbers.

The campaigning collective also holds the record for the highest altitude football match, on Kilimanjaro, and the lowest, by the Dead Sea in Jordan.