Visa Brings Financial Soccer Educational Video Game to U.S.
Learning about personal finance now involves a coin toss, goalkeeping, and penalty kicks with the American debut of Visa's Financial Soccer online video game. Los Angeles Galaxy Captain Landon Donovan helped develop the website, which combines realistic sports animation with a fast-paced series of multiple choice questions about credit cards, banking, investing, and the economy.

"It would have been great to learn more about personal finance when I was in school," said Donovan. "I've enjoyed working with Visa to help create and launch Financial Soccer, providing today's students with the opportunity and tools to learn about the financial world in ways that were never available to me when I was younger."

Though Visa's Financial Soccer game has been localized to 25 countries in the run up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, USA players frequently reach the top of the rolling leaderboard. Players can select game times ranging from 5 to 30 minutes and can play head to head or solo. During a recent visit to Los Angeles' Venice High School, Donovan delivered ten donated computers that students can use to strengthen their financial literacy.

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