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The objective of any FIFA development activity is to ultimately improve the football experience of those who wish to play the game. Building the skills and capacities of the individuals responsible for providing this football experience is therefore key to this objective.
FIFA’s Grassroots programme helps member associations in setting up their grassroots level development programmes while training local coaches-educators to the specifics of teaching grassroots football (for boys and girls from age 6 to 12). The programme also covers the organisation of festivals for kids to participate, and provides equipment for the coaches and the kids.
FIFA’s Women’s football development programmes encompass a wide array of initiatives – from courses to build the skills of female coaches locally, to the support of promotional activities to raise the profile of the women’s game while enticing young girls to play football, including support to local women’s football competitions through courses, equipment and financial support. FIFA also helps the national associations by providing consultancy to improve the administrative side of the organisation of women’s football countrywide.
FIFA supports the development of futsal at the member association level by organising courses for coaches, providing consultancy for the long term development of the sport, and supporting futsal competitions by donating equipment.
FIFA supports the development of beach soccer at the member association level by organising courses for coaches, providing consultancy for the long term development of the sport, and supporting futsal competitions by donating equipment and material for the installation of beach soccer pitches.
In addition to the youth coaching courses FIFA can provide, support is granted on a conditional basis for the creation or optimisation of domestic youth football competitions. The support includes equipment, financial contributions, and consultancy.
Football is a global sport and its rules must be interpreted and applied with absolute consistency wherever the game is played. FIFA therefore has a policy of ongoing training for its referees to ensure that refereeing standards continue to improve and the Laws of the Game are applied the same way everywhere.