Competitions

UEFA aims to ensure that its competitions are accessible to all people, while adhering to recognised human rights and sustainability standards.

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Accessibility

UEFA is committed to ensuring that football is inclusive and accessible to people of all abilities, both as fans of the game and as participants.

UEFA works with partners to guarantee that all people, regardless of ability, can access the game they love. UEFA provides a framework to ensure that host venues adhere to high accessibility standards, and those stadiums that choose to bid to host UEFA competitions must meet those standards.

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In 2018, CAFE continued its support for UEFA in ensuring that its major Finals and tournaments were accessible, inclusive and welcoming for disabled fans. At the UEFA Champions Festival in Kyiv and Europa League Final Fan Festival in Lyon, fans had the opportunity to try out audio-descriptive commentary, a service that is used but not well known.

Colour Blind Awareness joined as a partner during the 2017/18 season, as UEFA continues its efforts to reach and adapt to the different needs of the football community.

Resources
Access for All – UEFA and CAFE Good Practice Guide to Creating an Accessible Stadium and Matchday Experience
Disability Access Officer Handbook
CAFE Audio-Descriptive Commentary Programme
CAFE Disabled Supporters Associations (DSAs) Information Pack
Colour Blindness in Football – FA/UEFA guidance booklet
Colour Blindness in Football – A coaches guide

Human rights

UEFA is committed to supporting and safeguarding human rights, with special focus on the potential impact of its major competitions.

UEFA has included human rights criteria as part of its social responsibility bidding chapter and will ensure that human rights standards are adhered to at future UEFA competitions, with particular focus on EURO 2024 in Germany as the standard-bearer.

Leading by example in its commitment to respect human rights, UEFA hopes to set a standard that will trickle down through national football associations, ensuring that human rights are protected at every level of the game.

In 2018, UEFA co-founded the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, which came about as a result of UEFA's role in the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights.

Related links
Universal language of peace and human rights

Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)

UEFA Announces New Human Rights Requirements for 2024

UEFA EURO 2024 Evaluation Report

Sustainability

UEFA recognises the value of and is committed to promoting environmental sustainability in its operational actions from UEFA headquarters in Nyon to competitions throughout Europe.

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UEFA understands its responsibility to minimise the negative impact and maximise the positive potential of its operations and competitions. In 2018, with WWF and Green Sports Alliance, UEFA published 'Playing for our Planet', a report focused on the increasingly important issue of environmental leadership for all sport stakeholders and major sport events.

As part of its social responsibility and sustainability strategy, UEFA is committed to leveraging its leadership position to ensure the principle of socially responsible and sustainable operational implementation across all of its events and competitions. As one of its sustainable commitments for EURO 2020, a combi-ticket system will be implemented across the 12 host cities, in which match ticket holders will be granted free access to public transport on the day of the game.

Resources
Playing for our Planet
UEFA EURO 2016 Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Post-event report, 2016

UEFA EURO 2016 Social Responsibility and Sustainability, One-year-to-go report, 2015

UEFA EURO 2012 Social Responsibility report

UEFA EURO 2008 Sustainability report

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