The youth football activity is regulated keeping in mind as a priority the contents of the Charter of Children’s Rights (New York – Convention on the Rights of the Child of 20/11/1989) and the Charter of Children’s Rights to Sport indicated below, to which you must watch with particular attention, so that each child and girl are insured:
THE RIGHT TO ENTER AND PLAY;
THE RIGHT TO DO SPORT;
THE RIGHT TO BENEFIT FROM A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT;
THE RIGHT TO BE SURROUNDED AND TRAINED BY COMPETENT PEOPLE;
THE RIGHT TO FOLLOW TRAINING ADAPTED TO ITS RHYTHMS;
THE RIGHT TO MEASURE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE HIS SAME POSSIBILITIES OF SUCCESS;
THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN COMPETITION ADAPTED TO ITS AGE;
THE RIGHT TO PRACTICE SPORTS IN ABSOLUTE SECURITY;
THE RIGHT TO HAVE THE RIGHT TIMES OF REST;
THE RIGHT OF NOT BEING A SAMPLE.
UEFA has also met several times with the 53 member associations in football, in dealing with issues related to youth football (and the basic one in particular), underlines the concepts expressed in the charter of rights and to give them a more meaningful meaning collected in a handbook that we consider useful for the attention of youth football players:
FOOTBALL IS A GAME FOR EVERYONE;
THE SOCCER MUST BE PRACTICED ANYWHERE;
FOOTBALL IS CREATIVITY;
FOOTBALL IS DYNAMIC;
FOOTBALL IS HONESTY;
FOOTBALL IS SIMPLICITY;
THE FOOTBALL MUST BE CARRIED OUT IN SECURE CONDITIONS;
THE FOOTBALL SHOULD BE PROPOSED WITH VARIABLE ACTIVITIES;
FOOTBALL IS FRIENDSHIP;
FOOTBALL IS A WONDERFUL GAME;
SOCCER IS A POPULAR GAME AND BORN FROM THE ROAD …
In these statements, reported for another on an official video-document, attention is drawn to the educational models to which all the activities promoted, organized and practiced in the Youth Sectors must be reported. In UEFA’s intentions, the role of football as an effective social integration agent is considered to be extremely important. This is why it invites the Federations to tackle the problem of the ‘recovery’ of street football (grassroots football), above all as a fundamental philosophy of applied teaching.
Defeating racism UEFA will not tolerate and will not tolerate racism. We will not stop until the racist attitudes disappear from both the camp and the stadiums. Our popularity of mass sports gives the football family a special responsibility to counter the problem and UEFA reinforces this address on a European level.
UEFA believes that it is not enough to sanction: in the first place, we must do everything possible to prevent the problem. We need to provide a campaign to educate and inform youngsters, with all stakeholders who play a role: UEFA, National Federations, Leagues, Clubs and players, as well as Governments and public authorities.
UEFA has intensified its work in recent years, especially through its partnership with ‘FARE’ (Football Against Racism in Europe), one of our main partners. Together with ‘FARE’, we are taking steps to prevent racism in stadiums, including sanctions against spectators and players in racist abuse by preventing the sale of racist material inside and outside the stadium; introducing policies of equality in clubs and encouraging a common strategy between police and stewards.
Absence of exercise and an unbalanced diet are the cause of obesity which is becoming a serious public health problem in many parts of the world. On the contrary, the World Health Organization refers to an ‘epidemic obesity’. UEFA is alarmed by the statistics that reveal the increase in inactivity of children and their consequent unhealthy lifestyle, which can lead them to overweight. The situation of young people is particularly alarming, with 21% of young people in Europe classified today as overweight or obese. This situation could be prevented if stakeholders involved work together to create a healthy environment, leading to changes in lifestyles, particularly through increased physical activity and better nutrition.
The promotion of physical activity and sport is an integral part of many of our programs, as is the promotion of grassroots and mini-pitches in cooperation with the 52 Federations. However, UEFA has supported the World Heart Federation since 2003 and is directly involved in tackling the problem of obesity. Through its work, UEFA seeks to increase the number and effectiveness of initiatives on healthy lifestyle and awareness of the benefits of sports accessible to young people, reinforcing the attraction to football as ‘sport for all’.
Football is fun. Soccer players, young and old,