UEFA has published its Football and Social Responsibility (FSR) report for the 2018/19 season, reflecting on the works of UEFA and its partners in using football to create a positive impact in the wider society.

UEFA's FSR works encompass a number of key areas, including:

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • The environment
  • Health and well-being
  • Child safeguarding
  • Human rights
  • Supporter relations

The report, which is available to download in English, French and German, highlights many of the key achievements and challenges faced by UEFA, its member associations and FSR portfolio partners encountered during the season, and how UEFA's high-profile tournaments and competitions were used to create a wider legacy.

As a core FSR partner, a detailed overview of CAFE's works during the season can be found in the Diversity and Inclusion section of the report on page 154.

This includes analysis of our key achievements, such as our third International Conference held in Bilbao, delivery of our key performance indicators during the season and how the formation of the Disability Access Officer Network Group has supported our wider goals.

At the UEFA Congress in Amsterdam in March 2020, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin pledged that UEFA would continue to foster the constant progress of European football through proper and efficient use of all its resources.

Addressing the delegates in attendance, Mr Čeferin encouraged the wider European football family to put "purpose before profit" and stressed the importance of harnessing football's power to bring greater change beyond the game.

Speaking on the publication of the FSR report, Mr Čeferin said, "This 2018/19 UEFA Football and Social Responsibility Report presents our priorities, projects and partners in detail. It should serve as a reference tool for others and a lasting record of UEFA's commitments in these areas".

He added, "There is always space to grow and improve, and together with the national associations, we remain committed to enhancing the sustainable development of European football. We hope this report helps to spread and advance the messages it contains, leading to much needed behavioural change across Europe".

Reflecting on CAFE's achievements in the report, Managing Director Joanna Deagle said, "2018/19 was a challenging but hugely successful season for CAFE. We held our largest international conference and CAFE Week of Action campaign to date, which raised awareness and interest in the topic of access and inclusion".

"By improving the quality and availability of accessible services such as audio-descriptive commentary and by promoting the employability of disabled people, we are continuing to work towards a game that truly is welcoming for all. While we are making progress, there is still a long way to go to ensure that disabled people – the largest minority group in the world – are able to take their rightful places in the game", added Joanna.

To find out more about the publication of the UEFA FSR report, please visit the UEFA website.

UEFA has also published an update from FSR partner the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), discussing their response to the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Since 1997, UEFA and ICRC have worked together to provide rehabilitation services and improve access to social inclusion activities.

ICRC is undertaking a broad range of works across the world during the pandemic, including offering support to hospitals and medical centres in war-torn countries and areas of conflict. They are also strengthening their works in detention centres, and urging governments and other humanitarian groups to do all that they can to support the most vulnerable people.

You can find out more about ICRC and their works during these times on the UEFA website.

Published 29/4/2020