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July 7, 2010



DiNapoli Launches “Financial Soccer” Interactive Game

Teams with FIFA, Visa to Help Young People Develop Financial Literacy

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli joined in the excitement of the 2010 FIFA World Cup today by launching Financial Soccer, an educational video game developed in partnership with Visa Inc. and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to help educate young people about personal finance. The game can be played through DiNapoli’s Your Money New York Web site.

“Now more than ever, it’s important for every New Yorker – young and old – to understand how money works,” DiNapoli said. “Financial Soccer is a great way to get students and soccer fans interested in personal finances and give them a financial playbook they can use for the rest of their lives.”

Financial Soccer combines the world's most popular sport with a high-quality financial literacy curriculum to create an innovative approach to help children and adults learn about personal finance. The game contains comprehensive money management resources and lesson plans tailored for use at home and in the classroom.

DiNapoli said Financial Soccer, which is available online at www.yourmoneynewyork.com, challenges players to answer fast-paced, multiple-choice money management questions correctly to advance down the field for a chance to score a goal. Financial Soccer offers single player and head-to-head game play options and is being translated into a dozen different languages. This free game features three difficulty levels – geared to children, teens and adults – and has companion lesson modules for classroom use. Players learn key concepts about saving, responsible spending, budgeting, and the wise use of credit.

"We share Comptroller DiNapoli’s deep commitment to promoting financial literacy and we are pleased to be working with him on the Financial Soccer video game,” said Jason Alderman, Senior Director of Financial Education, Visa Inc. "It is critical, especially in today's challenging economic environment, that everyone have access to the tools and resources they need to make informed financial decisions."

Financial Soccer is DiNapoli’s second collaborative effort on an interactive game teaching young New Yorkers about money management skills. The first was Financial Football, an NFL-themed, interactive, money management video game, targeted toward improving financial literacy among high school students. DiNapoli and Visa worked together in December 2009 to distribute Financial Football to all high schools in New York State.

About DiNapoli’s Your Money New York Web site: The easy-to-use, multilingual site covers credit cards and consumer debt, home mortgages, savings and investments, insurance and protection against identity theft and financial scams. It also provides access to interactive calculators and DiNapoli’s Open Book New York Web site, which brings detailed information on State and local government finances to taxpayers through a centralized, user-friendly platform. Visit www.yourmoneynewyork.com to link to Financial Soccer.

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