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Attended a friendly match

His Royal Highness The Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess were present at tonight's match between Norway and Jordan at Ullevaal Stadium. Before the match, Crown Prince Haakon participated in a discussion about the development of girls' and women's football in the Middle East.


The Norwegian men’s national team won the match 6-0 with goals from Antonio Nusa, Kristoffer Vassbakk Ajer, Jørgen Strand Larsen, Fredrik Bjørkan, Bård Finne, and Hugo Vetlesen.

Antonio Nusa scored the first goal of the match after eleven minutes. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

On September 12, Norway will face Georgia in a European Championship qualification match at Ullevaal.

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess attended the match with General Secretary Samar Nassar og Jordan Football Association, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, and President Lise Klaveness at the Norwegian Football Association. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

Girls' and women's football in the Middle East

Ahead of the match, Football President Lise Klaveness invited a roundtable discussion on the development of girls' and women's football in the Middle East.

The Crown Prince participated in the meeting along with, among others, His Royal Highness Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, president of the Jordan Football Association, representatives from the Norwegian Football Association (NFF), Samar Nassar, Secretary General at Jordan Football Association, State Secretary Andreas Kravik from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zaineb Al-Samarai, President of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, and both countries' ambassadors.

Norway and the NFF have a long and close partnership with Jordan and Jordan Football Association, which plays a leading role in developing grassroots football for girls in the region. Football is the sport with the highest participation worldwide. Providing equal opportunities for boys and girls to participate in sports and football contributes to a more equitable society.

Crown Prince Haakon attends a meeting at Ullevaal Stadium with, among others, Football President Lise Klaveness and Prince Ali of Jordan, where girls' football in the Middle East is the topic. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB Football

Lise Klaveness introduces the work of providing girls and women with equal opportunities to participate in football. Today, the Norwegian Football Association is involved in a total of 15 international projects, all based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals related to gender equality (Goal 5). Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

Gender equality through football was a significant theme during the state visit to Jordan in 2020. Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja visited a girls' school outside Amman where Norwegian and Jordanian female footballers participated in a friendly match. At this school, football was used as a tool for integration, with Syrian and Jordanian children playing and interacting together, while also promoting gender equality. With support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NFF has built 18 pitches and provided coaching education to 200 individuals in Jordan alone.


King Harald granted Prince Ali bin Al Hussein an audience at the Royal Palace earlier today. Photo: Sven Gjeruldsen, The Royal Court

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