promoting diversity



The principles of social diversity and anti-discrimination are at the heart of the Federation's values (art.1 of the FFF statutes). They are based on the fundamental principles of secularism, equal opportunity, solidarity, inclusion and hospitality, regardless of ethnic, social, cultural, sexual or religious origins... “Living together” is in football's DNA, culture and history.

The fight against all forms of discrimination


The FFF acts on a daily basis to transmit the values of fun, respect, commitment, tolerance and solidarity in the practice of football and in welcoming all audiences. It has developed reference educational tools for prevention, awareness-raising and education, such as the Federal Educational Programme (see below) or the Behavioural Observatory. The Federation deploys numerous citizen actions on all fields and aimed at licensees: solidarity actions with the Telethon in particular, support for Fondaction du Football programmes ("Open Football Club", "Puissance Foot", etc.), "Green Card" operation, etc.

Gender equality: the FFF committed

Gender equality: the FFF committed

Companies with more than 50 employees are now obliged to calculate and communicate an index of professional equality between men and women, in the form of a score out of 100, on the basis of five criteria. Objective of the Act of 5 September 2018? To eventually eliminate the wage gaps between men and women within the company. The FFF thus obtained a score of 84 points out of 100 (2020). This result reflects FFF's proactive policy in favour of equality and gender balance. Since the election of Noël Le Graët as president in June 2011, the FFF has implemented a comprehensive plan to feminise football, which covers amateur football, the top level and the position of women in management and leadership positions. The FFF counts 35% women among its 300 employees and four among its elected members of the Executive Committee.

Key figures

200 191
Number of female licensees (players, coaches, managers, referees), which has increased significantly since 2011-2012 (87,880 licensees) with the implementation of the feminization plan.
800 000
The number of young people under the age of 18 benefiting from the Federal Education Program in the 6,000 amateur clubs that have adopted it since 2014.
15 000
The number of active amateur clubs in France (nearly one for every 2 communes). This network allows all populations, urban, peri-urban and rural, to have access to football.
1 million
The number of official or friendly matches played in a season.

Access for as many people as possible

As a partner of the French Disabled Sports Federation (FFH) and the French Adapted Sports Federation (FFSA), the FFF is developing access to football for people with mental or physical disabilities through promotional activities and a specific training module for coaches.

Football open to all

The Federation, with the support of Leagues, Districts and Clubs, is a major player in social cohesion and living together. It ensures that football welcomes all audiences, without discrimination, regardless of ethnic or social origin, religious practice, sexual orientation, etc. This culture of welcome, openness and inclusion also manifests itself in solidarity with the most disadvantaged and disadvantaged groups.