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UEFA HatTrick development programme

By channelling EURO revenue into football development projects, UEFA’s HatTrick programme plays a key role in our mission as a non-profit organisation: reinvesting as much of our income as possible for the benefit of the European game.

HatTrick contributed to the funding of the new Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) campus in Zeist
HatTrick contributed to the funding of the new Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) campus in Zeist ©KNVB

What is the UEFA HatTrick programme?

The UEFA HatTrick programme was set up in 2004 to distribute revenue from UEFA’s European Championship to our member associations for investment in football development projects.

The programme has grown into one of the largest solidarity initiatives in sport, channelling an average 60% of each EURO’s revenue to associations. EURO 2020 will be no exception, generating €775.5 million from 2020 to 2024 to fund activities across the continent. HatTrick also draws on a small proportion of UEFA’s club competition revenue.

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Why is the programme important for UEFA's overall mission?

It is one of sport’s best kept secrets that UEFA is a non-profit organisation. Guided by the principles of the European sports model, we reinvest as much as possible of the revenue generated by our successful national and club competitions into developing the game at all levels – from the grassroots up.

HatTrick accounts for a significant proportion of the total funding we provide for football development. By the end of its fifth four-year cycle in 2024, the programme will have channelled a cumulative total of €2.6 billion into activities across the continent.

Where does HatTrick make a difference?

Each year, HatTrick distributes an average of €195 million to support a ‘hat-trick’ of goals:

1. increased investment funding
2. improved education

3. wider knowledge sharing

For the 2020–24 period, HatTrick will make an annual solidarity payment of €900,000 to each of Europe’s 55 national associations. This contributes to both overall running costs and travel expenses of national teams.

Portugal's City of Football
Portugal's City of Football©FPF

In addition, associations rely on HatTrick to fund a range of other football activities:

UEFA youth, women’s, futsal and amateur competitions

  • club licensing systems
  • good governance
  • grassroots football
  • women’s football
  • coaching courses
  • referee training
  • elite youth player development
  • social responsibility projects
  • anti-match fixing and integrity initiatives

Since 2019, the UEFA Academy has overseen HatTrick’s education and knowledge-sharing goals, offering educational programmes tailored for administrators, players and specialists developing their football careers.

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How does the HatTrick programme work?

All 55 national associations can submit project proposals for HatTrick funding. These are evaluated by UEFA’s HatTrick Committee. If approved, we establish agreements, and then monitor and support the implementation of each project by working closely with each association.

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Impact of UEFA HatTrick programme: the score so far (July 2020)

Since its launch, the HatTrick programme has funded almost 700 projects, helping us reshape the future of European football:

Infrastructure

  • More than 1,000 pitches and 3,000 mini-pitches have been built ensuring everyone can play the beautiful game, regardless of where they live .
  • 34 national training centres have been developed to prepare players, coaches and referees.
  • More than 60% of national stadiums have been either modernised or built with the support of UEFA EURO revenue, ensuring player and spectator safety and improving accessibility for people with disabilities.
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Youth football

  • HatTrick funding supports our elite youth player development programme.

Women’s football

  • We have funded over 500 projects through the UEFA women's football development programme. More than half of these projects have created opportunities for girls and women to play football.

UEFA Academy courses

  • HatTrick funds have helped expand both the variety of UEFA Academy programmes on offer to football professionals and the number of graduates – over 2,000 by July 2020, representing 120 nationalities.
  • Our Executive Master for International Players (MIP) helps ex-professionals equip themselves to build a second career in football: 61 retired players enrolled on the 2019 course.

Social and environmental projects

  • Since 2016, HatTrick has helped to fund more than 90 social and environmental projects in national association countries.

Added value

  • HatTrick’s impact stretches far beyond the playing field. UEFA estimates that for every €1 of EURO revenue invested in football development through the programme, national associations, governments and local authorities and clubs have contributed an additional €3.63.

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Documents

UEFA HatTrick V Regulations
UEFA HatTrick programme – Overview
HatTrick Review 2004 – 2014