Grassroots, laying football’s foundations

The Grassroots programme is an initiative in which FIFA, its member associations and their respective education authorities work closely together to encourage young children to learn about football and human values and to enjoy the game as much as possible. In short, it aims to bring happiness to children the world over.

“FIFA’s main objective in creating the Grassroots programme is to bring as many people as possible into the game, because football is a school of life.”
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter

The concept

The Grassroots programme is aimed at boys and girls between the ages of six and 12 and can be set up in schools, local communities and clubs.

Grassroots football is:

  • Open to everyone.
  • A game that can be played anywhere and by anyone – there are no barriers.
  • Easy to play, exciting and rewarding.
  • A fair-play game.

The objectives of the programme

The main goal of the Grassroots initiative is to get as many people as possible involved in the game, instil human values and, above all, to bring enjoyment to youngsters simply by letting them take part.

Its focus is the players themselves. And while football is the most popular and widely played sport in the world, there is no reason why we should not continue to encourage young boys and girls to take up the game.

Grassroots football must also be inclusive and embrace the many different communities, cultures and organisations it encounters around the world.

Grassroots football offers fun and enjoyment. It can also be played at schools and clubs and provides young players with regular training and matches.

Football is the main source of pleasure for many children around the world and offers them a means of making friends and expressing themselves.

The Grassroots initiative puts the focus on playing the game, and the basic philosophy behind it is that there is no better teacher than sport.