Equaliser Goal (Hebrew: "שער שוויון", "Sha'ar Shivyon") is an Israeli educational, social and sports project, the goal of which is to promote children of low Socioeconomic status, and to bring together children from different communities, using football, in order to develop the values of mutual respect, tolerance and breaking barriers between communities.
The project's name is a Word play on the term "Equaliser Goal" in Football, as well as "the Gate to Equality" between people of different origins.
The project started in 2009 with seven teams, from seven different schools, and has since grown rapidly. Today (2016), 115 teams participate in the project, consisting of 1,700 children aged 9 to 12. Participants include boys and girls; Jews, Muslims, Druze in Israel and others; Teams of deaf and hearing impaired; And also mixed teams - Jews and Arabs, new immigrants alongside Israeli born.
The children participate in the project four times a week. Two sessions are devoted to footbal practice, and the other two to studying, homework and preparation for exams. Tournaments are held once a month between the teams. Participation in football activities is subject to successful participation in the academic sessions, as well as proper behavior in schools. The teams coaches, administrative staff, guides and referees are all volunteers, as many as 300 nationwide.
The project is supported by the Israel Football Association and UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations. In 2013, the British Embassy in Israel joined the support force.