The international programme that addresses the needs of national associations and confederations outside Europe.
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Contributing to the development of football has long been one of UEFA's central objectives. By establishing a new international programme – known as UEFA ASSIST – UEFA wishes to increase solidarity and enhance football development to tackle the needs of national associations and confederations outside Europe.
Over the years, UEFA has demonstrated its commitment to reinforcing relationships with other confederations by providing ad hoc support and signing memorandums of understanding with all five of its sister confederations. UEFA ASSIST institutionalises this ongoing support of other associations and confederations in terms of knowledge sharing and football development.
The main scope of UEFA ASSIST is essentially to share knowledge and best practices to help UEFA's sister confederations to develop and strengthen football within their respective territories. UEFA ASSIST is designed to provide practical rather than financial assistance and to offer support through development activities.
UEFA ASSIST is composed of four pillars, each providing specific support to member associations and confederations worldwide:
- Education and knowledge sharing
- Development of youth football
- Support of infrastructure projects
- UEFA national association support programmes
UEFA ASSIST has been developed, and will be implemented, in close cooperation with UEFA's sister confederations. UEFA will therefore rely on the confederations' input and their respective strategic plans to provide support in the necessary areas and avoid overlapping with existing projects in their respective territories.