Football For Everyone
Football for Everyone is about making sure everyone has a chance to be involved in football, regardless of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability. It is also about:
- encouraging and increasing the involvement of groups at all levels of football by recognising that inequalities exist and taking action to address them.
- making opportunities available where currently there are few available.
- about using the power of football to build a better future, in order to achieve these objectives.
- Football For Everyone has become a part of everything we do at The FA.
If you wish to report an incident of abuse and/or discrimination, please use the contact details below:
Tel 0800 085 0508*
The contact details above are strictly reserved for those wishing to report allegations of abuse and/or discrimination such as incidents of racism or homophobia.
* If you are calling from a mobile telephone you may be charged for this call.
Review of Sanctions
Following consultation with leagues, referees, players, managers and campaign groups such as Kick It Out, the English game has set a new five-match suspension as the entry level for the least serious discriminatory offences, along with an educational reform package and potential club sanctions.
Introduced at the start of the 2013-14 Season, serious transgressions involving aggravating offences can attract significantly higher suspensions than the new five match entry level. A second discriminatory offence has a minimum entry point of 10-matches in addition to any financial sanction imposed.
Offences will lead to mandatory education on anti-discriminatory issues and under the new ruling, The FA may also charge clubs if two participants are sanctioned for discriminatory abuse in any 12 month period.
Discriminatory offences, under The FA's ruling, can relate to ethnic origin, colour, race, religion or belief, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, ability and disability.
Further information can be found in this news item from May 2013 here.
Alternatively, please click here to view FA Rule E3 from The FA Handbook 2015-16.
One question always arises when the phrase ‘Social Inclusion’ is mentioned - what exactly does it mean?
Answer - it’s the positive steps an organisation can take to combat the risk of individuals or communities being excluded from mainstream society for reasons such as:
- Low income
- Poor housing
- Family conflict/breakdown
The complete list is very extensive but the above factors can combine into a downward spiral which leads to further marginalisation – and often the creation of areas of deprivation, whether in cities or rural areas.
On the positive side, largely because of its multi-level appeal, there’s arguably no sport better placed than football to reach out to the socially-excluded.
Various examples of The FA’s role in social inclusion programmes are given below, usually characterised by partnerships with other agencies or organisations who share the goal of ‘using the power of football to build a better future’.
A Safe Place education pack - (combatting prejudice towards asylum seekers and refugees)
A combating prejudice education pack produced by Show Racism the Red Card which aims to familiarise and educate young people to challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about asylum seekers and refugees.
Out of Site education pack (combating prejudice towards Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities)
An Out of Site education pack produced by Show Racism the Red Card which aims to familiarise and educate young people to challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.