Play together, live together
Football teaches us to live with others, be enriched by diversity and shape responsible citizens and accomplished athletes. Football, as a tool of social inclusion, promotes these values: Fun, Respect, Commitment, Tolerance, and Solidarity. The FFF has developed numerous projects at all levels that embody and strengthen "living together" by relying on clubs, districts, leagues and programmes developed by the Fondaction du Football.
The fight against all forms of discrimination
The FFF works diligently to convey its values - fun, respect, commitment, tolerance and solidarity – in football practice and public reception. It has developed educational reference tools for prevention, awareness and education, such as the Federal Education Programme (see below) or the Behavioural Observatory. The Federation deploys numerous citizen actions on all fields and for members: solidarity actions with the Telethon in particular, support for the Fondaction du football programmes ("Open football club", "Puissance Foot"...), "Green Card" operation...
The fight against bad behaviour
The FFF has developed a policy to combat violence and promote the values of football. Since 2006, the Behavioural Observatory has been implementing a tool that records acts of violence and incivility on and off the pitch (12,341 matches affected by incidents in 2018 - 2019 out of 675,000 official matches, or 1.8%). The perpetrators of listed violence or incivilities are mainly players (89%), who are also the main victims (57%), followed by referees (38%). Verbal aggression (rude or insulting remarks, threats or intimidation) is the most common incident (49%). These results help to better guide prevention and awareness-raising actions at all levels of amateur football.
Defend secularism and "playing together".
Football (like team sports in general) allows the integration of different people in the same group. No one should be excluded from playing sports because of their religious or political views. But, at the same time, players must always ensure that the values of the Republic, sport and the FFF are respected.
Protecting children and members is a top priority for the FFF. The Federation has committed to a steering committee. At the beginning of October 2019, it signed two agreements that ensure members are safely received in clubs. The first, conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Sport, is to monitor the good repute of volunteer educators, presidents, treasurers and secretaries of League Centre-Val de Loire clubs for one season. The second is a cooperation contract between the Federation and the Ethics and Sport Committee (CES) aimed at better supporting clubs and members in the fight against abuse and discrimination. A toll-free number is available for victims to call (01 45 33 85 62), presentations are being planned in clubs and educational material is available via the Leagues and Districts.
The educational role
Because football and its place as a community is also a school for life, the FFF has created a Federal Education Programme (FEP). Launched in 2014 and expanded in 2017, this comprehensive educational tool is available to leagues, districts and amateur clubs to teach players from the U6/U7 categories about the rules of the game and the rules of life.
Everyone is welcome has real meaning in football. The FFF has strengthened its links with the French Disabled Sports Federation (FFH) and the French Adapted Sports Federation (FFSA) who are responsible for those who have physical and/or mental disabilities. Partnerships between the FFF and these Federations are governed by Conventions. They encourage promoting and developing football for people with physical and/or sensory, mental or psychiatric disabilities and helping these athletes practice in the best possible conditions. They also support, at regional and departmental levels, coordinated actions in the field of activities related to the practice of recreational, competitive and elite football.
The implementation of charitable actions
In amateur and professional football, charity is at the heart of all actions and events. Each year, the FFF mobilises for national causes such as the Telethon or blood drive. It does not forget its members in distress, especially victims or witnesses of physical and/or verbal aggression who can benefit from comprehensive support (psychological, social and legal) from our expert partner, the Ethics and Sport Committee. Finally, families affected by the death of a loved one during a football match or training session can receive assistance from the FFF via its social committee.
The inclusion of refugees
The FFF, like other actors in the world of football and sport, is mobilising and multiplying solidarity or integration initiatives to help populations in difficulty, including immigrants. A support guide published by the Fondaction du Football provides clubs with support and information on legal frameworks, available tools and ensure they are welcomed in the best possible conditions.
The FFF is mobilising through the "Foot emploi" initiative. This initiative brings together, via tournaments, matches and fun football activities, members who are far from securing employment and companies or organisations looking to hire. This is a first step in a larger support system targeting young people. With the help of institutional partners, the project helps define professional projects, leading to recruitment and work-related training (modules offered by professional training organisations or districts, work placements in companies).
The ethical charter
Since 2002, the Federation has had a National Ethics Council (CNE) and an Ethics Charter. On March 1st, 2017 law required federations to adopt a charter of ethics and deontology, and the FFF saw it as an opportunity to strengthen and modernise its text by reconciling the needs of the LFA, LFP and CNE. The charter was unanimously adopted at the Federal Assembly on December 16, 2017. Based on the values of the Federation (Pleasure, Respect, Commitment, Tolerance and Solidarity), it brings together 11 fundamental principles of football - play together, live together. The FFF plans to communicate on this charter through 11 fun videos.
The Behavioural Observatory
Created in 2006, this software, supplied to districts, leagues and the French Football Federation, records violent and uncivil acts observed during matches organised in the territory, on and off the pitch. Analysing this information makes it possible to propose a coherent local policy and take preventive action. Football is the only sport with such software.
The Fondaction du Football
Launched in 2008, the Fondaction du Football is an endowment fund focusing on social responsibility. Through its "Lab" of social innovations, it designs and implements innovative programs to promote social responsibility and sustainable practices in French football.
The Federal Education Program (FEP)
In 2014-2015, the Federal Education Program instils in young people aged 6 to 18 the values of football, under the acronym P.R.E.T.S (Pleasure, Respect, Commitment, Tolerance, Solidarity). The FEP helps clubs organize their structure through educational sheets designed for supervisors and interactive tools offered to all those involved with young people: posters, videos, quizzes, etc.
The Green Card
Initiated in 2013, the FFF encourages and rewards young players in the U13 to U17 categories in sportsmanship. Players who display good behaviour will receive an endowment from the FFF at the end of their season.
The FFF’s commitment to diversity is based on three fundamental principles: non-discrimination, secularism and neutrality. The FFF's social and civic role consists in promoting diversity at all levels of football. This commitment is reflected in the fight against racism and discrimination, but also in access to the game for as many people as possible and the use of football as a vehicle for social inclusion. To find out more, click here.