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GRASS ROOTS

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.

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Football can be played by everyone regardless of age, gender, religion, ethics or social background and level of fitness.

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FIFA's Grassroots Program brings football to children aged six to 12 all over the world.

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Fair play, team spirit and camaraderie are just a few of the many values advocated by football.

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Having fun is the most important thing in football. Coaches teach the game, not victory at all costs.

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Grassroots football must be simple, exciting and rewarding for children.

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Winning is not fun if achieved unfairly. Playing fair makes others respect you. Cheating only brings shame.

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"Grassroots football is football for everyone, by everyone, everywhere."

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Winning is the goal of any game-never play to lose. But if you lose, do so fairly and you will win respect. Congratulate the winners and try to win next time.

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Sport needs rules in order to be played fairly. The rules of football are simple and easy to learn. They make football fun to play and watch.

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Everyone has the same rights. Opponents, team-mates, referees and spectators must be respected. Fair play is about respect. Respect is part of football.

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Football is the world's greatest game. Help keep it that way. Talk about the positive and encourage others to do the same. Be a role model for the game.

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Football is great because fair play is respected. When someone is exceptionally fair in football, they deserve recognition. Help promote football's image by recognizing good deeds.

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Football is sometimes exposed to negative outside influences. Do not be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers. Football is sport and sport is peace.

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Make sure everyone in football is playing fair. Do not let them be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers.

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Say "no" to cheaters and report them. It is better to have cheaters removed before they can damage the game. Actively protect the beautiful game of football.

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Football's popularity can help make the world a better place. Use the power of football to promote peace and equality. Make the world better through football.