What better way to celebrate grassroots football than posting a photo of your favourite place to kick a ball – whether that’s your own garden, your amateur club’s pitch or even a farmer’s field.
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To celebrate the 2020 edition of UEFA Grassroots Week, UEFA is inviting football fans across the continent to post a photo of their favourite grassroots pitch on social media.
Whether it’s a farmer’s field, village green, school playground or amateur club, for the next seven days, grassroots players in all of Europe’s 55 national associations will be encouraged to share a picture on Twitter or Instagram account using #myhomepitch.
Legendary footballers nurtured their talents on grassroots pitches, from Johann Cruyff on Amsterdam’s cobbled streets to Roberto Baggio on church playing fields in Italy’s Veneto region.
More often, these locations form the backdrop for millions of Europeans to kick a football, both for a love of the game and a passion for physical activity. They include children, school and youth players, amateurs, disability footballers and veterans.
“You can play football everywhere. What is important is that you enjoy it, that you meet friends and that you share positive energy,” says UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.
“We played football everywhere, we played on the streets, on the farmer’s pitch. We didn’t need a proper football pitch to play football, to enjoy football, to be together,” says Čeferin, recalling his own childhood memories of grassroots football.
“Grassroots football is the lifeblood of football”
The 2020 edition of UEFA’s annual Grassroots Week is highlighting the European football community’s efforts to ensure everyone, everywhere can continue to safely play the world’s number one sport – despite the current challenges.
While most of Europe’s professional leagues have started the new season, some national associations have postponed grassroots football competitions and activities to comply with emergency health measures.
“Grassroots football is the lifeblood of football. Without grassroots football, there would be no elite football,” warns UEFA president Čeferin.
“UEFA is working constantly to help national associations ensure that all grassroots football is played in safe and quality-controlled environments.”