SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 16, 2018 - Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), the Official Payment Services Partner of the NFL, today announced the launch of its new and improved Financial Football video game for the 2018 - 2019 NFL season at an event in New York City with NFL stars Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley. The free video game lets fans ages 11 and older suit up as a player from their favorite NFL team and play a virtual game of football designed to help students learn to make smart money-management decisions.
Research shows one-in-five teenage students in the U.S. lacks basic financial skills. Forty percent of adults said that if faced with a $400 unexpected expense, they would either not be able to pay it or would do so by selling something or borrowing money. As new payment methods such as mobile payments, contactless cards and wearables become more prevalent, it underscores the need for financial literacy starting at an early age and continuing into adulthood.
"Financial Football provides young people in our communities with the tools and understanding of sound money management, helping prepare them for a lifetime of smart financial decisions," said Marianne Mwaniki, SVP and Head of Social Impact at Visa."As the world’s leader in digital payments, we are proud to partner with the NFL to combine the excitement of football and financial literacy to bring otherwise difficult money matters to life for students."
Financial Football features improved 3D graphics and enhanced game play. It challenges players to answer multiple-choice and true or false questions to advance down the field in order to score a touchdown. New features include:
- Single player and head-to-head games
- Three different levels of difficulty: Rookie (ages 11-14), Pro (ages 14-18) and Hall of Fame (ages 18+)
- Expanded categories include: Budgeting, Saving, Financial Institutions, Credit, Debt, Identity Theft, Life Events
- The ability to play both offense and defense. Players can select from over 40 offensive plays, as well as the ability to stop their opponents from advancing by answering a defensive question correctly.
The latest version of Financial Football, makes financial education accessible to everyone, no matter how or where they choose to play. The game is available through iOS and Android apps and online. Visa has joined with 49 state governments and the District of Columbia to distribute copies of the game to middle and high schools in those regions. Visa’s Financial Football can now be played online at financialfootball.com or downloaded on any computer or mobile device as a free app.
In New York City, NFL stars Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley hosted more than 100 high school students for the official launch of the new Financial Football video game. The two players coached the head-to-head game competition and led students through skills and drills activities focused on financial education categories.
"Visa’s Financial Football is a fun way for kids and adults to learn about financial literacy and responsibility", said Eli Manning, New York Giants’ quarterback. "Football fans of any age can participate and tackle the important life skill of money management. It’s important we equip our children with that knowledge."
The game, which has been played more than 10 million times is available in English and Spanish. To put your financial literacy skills to the test, download Financial Football at: https://financialfootball.com/downloads.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visa.html, visacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.
Source: National Endowment for Financial Education, April 2017
Source: Federal Reserve’s Economic Well-being of U.S. households Report, May 2018