The Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) is seeking to appoint an International Sports Event Assistant to support the team.

CAFE works closely with our partners at UEFA, FIFA and other key stakeholders to promote improved access and inclusion for disabled people across football. Using the game’s unique power, we celebrate the many roles disabled people can play within football, including as spectators, players, volunteers, coaches, administrators, leaders and decision makers.

This is an exciting time for the organisation and will give the successful candidate the opportunity to gain experience of working in the sport events, not-for-profit and inclusion industry on a global level.

Whilst not essential, the ability to read and speak Arabic would desirable.

The successful candidate will support the CAFE team in carrying out proof of eligibility checks for disabled ticket applicants for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 for which training will be provided. Additionally, the appointed candidate may be expected to undertake other reasonable tasks as required.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the successful candidate will work closely with the rest of the CAFE team.

CAFE has a diverse range of stakeholders from across the world, including sports governing bodies, national associations, leagues, clubs, equality/disability NGOs and fans groups, together with disabled supporter groups, individual disabled fans and their advocates.

The CAFE team works from home. Depending on the location of the successful applicant, training may be offered in person. If travel is required, reasonable expenses will be covered by CAFE.

Download the International Sports Event Assistant application form.

Download the CAFE equality monitoring form.

Download the CAFE guaranteed interview form.

Key responsibilities

  • Carrying out Proof of Eligibility checks of ticket applicants
  • Carrying out research to validate Proof of Eligibility forms
  • Creating/ updating spreadsheets with information on applications that require more information
  • Liaising with the rest of the CAFE team to complete Proof of Eligibility checks
  • Liaising with FIFA and Qatar 2022 on a regular basis
  • Updating CAFE research documents with new types of Proof of Eligibility records

Additional responsibilities linked to international sport events, including the FIFA World Cup 2022, UEFA Club Competition Finals and UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 may also be offered to the successful candidate, subject to their availability.

Essential and desirable criteria for this role:


  • Computer literate with experience of working with Microsoft Office
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work under own initiative and meet objectives
  • Capacity to carry out desktop research
  • Self-motivated and passionate about access and inclusion
  • Ability to report on progress and work together to achieve goals
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Adaptable


  • Ability to speak and read Arabic and other languages e.g., Russian
  • An understanding of the social model of disability
  • Previous experience of working in sport or disability

CAFE core values:

CAFE is looking to appoint the right person for the role, but also the right person to complement our small, motivated team. We are seeking to appoint someone who is:

  • Respectful
  • Keen to learn and improve
  • A team player
  • Creative and adaptable
  • Ambitious
  • Positive and fun
  • Enthusiastic
  • Professional
  • Passionate and committed
  • Empathetic and understanding


CAFE is an equal opportunities employer and proactively seeks applications from disabled people.

We are committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are accessible and inclusive to everyone -  if you require a reasonable adjustment as part of the recruitment  process. Please contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone +44(0)203 355 9867.

Please send a copy of your CV (with details of your current / last salary), along with your completed application form and a brief supporting letter by email to [email protected]. Please use the reference: ‘CAFE – International Sports Event Assistant’ in the subject title and return by 1700 BST on Friday 10 June. It would also help us if you could complete our Equality Monitoring form although this is not mandatory. 

For more information about the role, please call +44(0)203 355 9867 or email [email protected].

Published 1/6/2022