For two weeks from 10th to 24th October more than 2,000 activities will take place in over 60 countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. The campaign aims to drive social inclusion and tackle discrimination, using football as a vehicle to educate, inspire and promote equality for all.
On the eve of the launch of the weeks, Fare Executive Director Piara Powar said:
"The Football People weeks provide a perfect opportunity for European football to come together to challenge exclusion and discrimination, and support inclusion and diversity. Anyone who is involved in football is invited to take part in the weeks, and to make an active contribution by organising activities. Last year over 150,000 participants were directly involved. Together, we can shape European football as an inclusive entity. Activities, will include conferences, debates, workshops, tournaments and many more events at national and international level. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved.”
Football governing bodies including UEFA are also backing the campaign, reinforcing a message of social equality and zero tolerance of discrimination. UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said:
“The Fare #FootballPeople weeks are a crucial focal point of the fight against racism, discrimination and intolerance in football. Thousands of people are involved each year – and UEFA is a committed partner, using its high-profile competitions as a platform to spread key messages. I call on football fans across Europe to join the campaign – let’s all celebrate diversity and inclusion in the beautiful game!”
A full list of activities taking place around the world during the action weeks can be found via the link here.