FIFA Anti-Discrimination Days

As a means of raising awareness of the necessity for the football family to fight racism worldwide, each year FIFA dedicates a day in its event calendar for the FIFA Anti-Discrimination Day.

FIFA organised the first international day to kick racism out of football on 7 July 2002, after the Extraordinary Congress in Buenos Aires in 2001 had approved such action.

At the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003, world football's governing body dedicated 21 and 22 June to the fight against racism, coinciding with the second FIFA Anti-Discrimination Day.

The event was marked by a variety of activities designed to demonstrate a firm stance against racism, not only in football but also in society in general. The teams taking part, for example, united during the matches on those days to send an unequivocal message denouncing this blight marring modern society by lining up with their opponents and the referees before kick-off to display a banner to the crowd and television cameras bearing the slogan "Say no to racism".

The third day in this series of special occasions took place on 21 September 2004, together with the FIFA Fair Play Day and linked with the UN International Day of Peace.

In 2005, FIFA dedicated both semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 on 25/26 June as well as the quarter-final matches of the FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005 on 24/25 June to a special activity on the pitch.

At those matches and before kick-off, both team captains read a declaration condemning and rejecting discrimination in football and society and firmly saying "no to racism". Both teams and the match officials also posed jointly with a banner displaying the unequivocal "Say No to Racism" message as part of the official pre-match protocol.

In 2006, it was the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany the prominent stage for the FIFA Anti-Discrimination Day, with various activities taking place throughout the competition and especially at the occasion of the quarter-final matches, with the support of the last eight teams in the competition.

For 2007, it will be the turn of the youth at the occasion of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada and - once again - an active participation of all quarter-finalists of this competition.