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Soccer for Better Money Management

10 May 2010, by David Lobjoie

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In preparation for the world cup of soccer, Visa Canada announced today the launch of Financial Soccer, a FIFA World Cup™-inspired educational video game that helps youth and adults learn the fundamentals of responsible spending, the banking system, budgeting and saving.

Financial Soccer can be played for free online. To advance across the field and score goals to move the match along, players must answer fast-paced, multiple-choice questions that test their knowledge of financial management skills.

Combining the structure and rules of soccer with financial education questions of varying difficulty, the launch of Financial Soccer marks the beginning of the one-month countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Already launched in over 30 countries, the game is now available in Canada in both English and French, and has already been played over a million times worldwide.

The Canadian edition of Financial Soccer, launched today, is the latest web-based component of Visa's involvement in financial literacy education and skills development.

Today's launch also coincides with public consultations, which began last week in Toronto, by Canada's Task Force on Financial Literacy.

The Task Force was established by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in June 2009 with a mandate to develop a national strategy to improve financial education across Canada.

In addition to the online game created especially for the world cup of soccer, Visa is also promoting financial literacy in Canada through, a site that provides Internet users like you and me with access to free educational resources, including cost calculators, budget templates, games and quizzes.