Inclusion and anti-discrimination

Including people from different faith backgrounds

Faith Inclusion in The FA

The FA has a network of partners representing all the major faiths with whom it consults and actively works with.

The FA & Kick It Out's Calendar of Religious Festivals 2019-20
 guides everyone in football about different holy days that are observed by different faiths and guides those running football to adopt an inclusive approach to support the involvement and inclusion of people with an active faith. The calendar for the 2020-21 Season is also now available for download by clicking here.

The FA’s factsheets on Ramadan and Tishri are another way to raise awareness of how to provide inclusive football environments. You can find those in the resources section below

In previous seasons The FA has showcased a Faith in Football education programme, offering an opportunity for partnership working between The FA, the Learning Zone facility at Wembley Stadium and an organisation called the Three Faiths Forum which brought together three single faith schools from the Catholic, Jewish and Muslim communities to Wembley, engaging 60 five to six year old's four times over 12 months.  This is just one  of the ways in which this work can allow children and their parents to gain a broader understanding of the fact that football is for everyone and it is important that they promote a tolerant and inclusive approach across different faiths and communities 

A series of films which help bring to life some of the issues related to faith and football are highlighted here: 

Islamophobia 

Produced by the educational charity Show Racism the Red Card, it features the views of footballers and young people discussing their experiences of and views on Islamophobia

Please click here to view on YouTube

Rivals Not Enemies

Another piece produced by Show Racism the Red Card, this shows Scottish footballers and celebrities tackling the issue of sectarianism in football.

Please click here to view on YouTube

The Y Word

A short awareness film produced by Kick It Out focusing on anti-semitism in football:

Please click to view film on Kick It Out website

Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation

A video presentation of the work carried out by The Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation:

Please click to view on YouTube