The essential elements of grassroots football are relationships, team spirit and fun. The concept of learning through play while being guided by a coach-educator is a specific approach designed to reach out to the young and create a process to connect to the future. The coach-educator must be dynamic, uncomplicated, passionate and motivational and must always respect the children’s physical, physiological and psychological characteristics.
Football can be played by everyone regardless of age, gender, religion, ethics or social background and level of fitness.
FIFA's Grassroots Program brings football to children aged six to 12 all over the world.
Fair play, team spirit and camaraderie are just a few of the many values advocated by football.
Having fun is the most important thing in football. Coaches teach the game, not victory at all costs.
Grassroots football must be simple, exciting and rewarding for children.
Winning is not fun if achieved unfairly. Playing fair makes others respect you. Cheating only brings shame.
"Grassroots football is football for everyone, by everyone, everywhere."