Slovenia in the spotlight - UEFA Direct 174 out now

UEFA Futsal EURO hosts Slovenia's football is going places – and the latest edition of UEFA's official magazine highlights the country's plans for the future.

UEFA Direct 174 can be read in English, French and German
UEFA Direct 174 can be read in English, French and German ©UEFA

UEFA Futsal EURO host country Slovenia comes into the spotlight in the latest edition of UEFA Direct – UEFA’s official magazine.

Slovenia has big ideas for the future of its football. An in-depth feature shows how these are exciting times for the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS), which has launched a series of programmes aimed at enabling youngsters to play football. Plans to develop domestic football structures are also highlighted.

“It shouldn’t be a problem for any gay person to play football,” says English footballer Liam Davies, summing up the crucial values of UEFA’s #Equal Game promoting diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the game. Liam tells us about his football journey in words and pictures, and has some wise advice for other gay footballers: “Don’t worry too much – just be yourself.”

Around 320 million people around the world, almost all of them men, have some form of colour vision deficiency. UEFA Direct reports how action is being taken in a variety of ways to reduce colour-blindness barriers that exist in football.

Last summer’s UEFA Women’s EURO in the Netherlands remains a joyful memory, and UEFA Direct’s technical supplement, the Technician, focuses on the take-home messages transmitted by the finals – heard by coaches and experts at a recent UEFA conference in Amsterdam.

Elsewhere in UEFA Direct 174:

• UEFA’s new ASSIST programme – designed to help football develop across the world

• The UEFA Executive Committee’s recent meeting in Nyon

• Former elite footballers are being given new professional challenges, courtesy of UEFA’s Executive Master for International Players (MIP)

• UEFA vice-president Reinhard Grindel tells us why he loves football

UEFA Direct 174 is available to read in English, French and German