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FIFA For the Good of the Game 1977

2003.0056.0003

FIFA For the Good of the Game 1977

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Physical description

Blue banner with the FIFA 1977 trademark of two coloured images of the world overlayed with white skeleton outlines of soccer balls. The white text below states "FIFA / For the Good of the Game". There is a white band at the top with an eyelet at each end.

Statement of significance

The Project 2000 Taskforce Collection comprises an Olympic Flame Cauldron, a Canberra Olympic football banner and two Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) flags.

The aim of the taskforce based in the ACT Chief Minister's office was to maximise the sporting, cultural and business opportunities for Canberra presented by the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Canberra was one of four cities outside Sydney which held Olympic Games events, hosting 11 of the 48 soccer matches. The banners and the torch relay played an important part in popularising the Olympic Games in Canberra. The Olympic torch spent three days in Canberra prior to the Games. The football banners are examples of those placed on the main roads leading to Canberra Stadium. The blue FIFA flag was flown at the stadium and the gold FIFA flag was carried on the pitch before the teams at the start of each match.

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