Inside UEFA

Social responsibility is embedded across UEFA, with several departments dealing directly with internal and external stakeholders to ensure European football has a positive impact on society.

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Education

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Mission
The UEFA education unit runs a series of education programmes and knowledge-sharing initiatives for professionals in football to ensure national associations and their stakeholders are able to develop talented and well-trained leaders and staff.

Objectives

  • Ensure that everyone working in football has the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge and in turn support the game in Europe.
  • Work with leading European academic institutions to guarantee that participants have access to the latest research and knowledge on managing football associations.
  • Engage and connect individuals throughout the European football environment to ensure that best practices and innovations are shared, replicated and valued across the game.
  • Support national associations, as well as other confederations, by developing tailor-made programmes based on each association’s unique features and identified needs.

1,123

The total number of people who successfully graduated from the education unit's programmes was 1,123, from a total of 1,358 participants (83%). Among the graduates, 384 were women (34%).

Building on the professional excellence UEFA has developed throughout its history and the learning initiatives created over the last decade, UEFA has launched the UEFA Academy to inspire the education of individuals and organisations to continuously elevate the game of football.

The Football and Social Responsibility compact course is one of the learning initiatives offered by the UEFA Academy. The course enables FSR practitioners to apply a strategic approach to social responsibility in their football organisation.

Facility management

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Mission
The facility management unit provides all of the services required to operate and maintain the shared facilities throughout the UEFA campus in Nyon, Switzerland.

Objectives

  • Reduce CO2 emissions from day-to-day business operations.
  • Ensure all materials meet sustainability standards.
  • Ensure appropriate suppliers are selected, based on UEFA policy.
  • Ensure that UEFA staff receive full support to do their jobs.
  • Ensure health and safety standards are met in the workplace.

5,275kg

A total of 5,275kg of paper was recycled on the UEFA campus thanks to the staff's support. An additional 520kg of stationery was recovered and recycled, including 560 A4 binders, 130 paper trays and 700 plastic folders.

Human resources

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Mission
The human resources unit provides UEFA with talented and dedicated employees who embody the values of the organisation, ensures efficient and supportive working conditions, provides support for staff and contributes to the achievement of UEFA's strategic objectives.

Objectives

  • Recruit talented individuals to achieve UEFA's strategic objectives.
  • Develop staff members' competencies and offer them training, coaching and support, resolving any conflicts that arise.
  • Design and update policies on any staff matters and HR information systems.
  • Incentivise staff by offering competitive remuneration and benefits in line with UEFA's culture, organising staff events to celebrate and reward efforts.
  • Ensure that UEFA is a diverse and inclusive organisation and drive strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives.

15

In 2017/18, UEFA ran a project requiring all staff members to complete a specially designed UEFA diversity and inclusion training workshop. Over the season, 15 training sessions were held, with the support of a specialist consultancy.

Anti-match-fixing unit

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Mission
The primary focus of the UEFA anti-match-fixing unit is to ensure UEFA's total commitment to safeguarding sporting integrity in European football by protecting the game from match manipulation.

Objectives

  • Educate players, match officials, coaches, and administrators about the risks and dangers associated with match-fixing and how to confidentially report any approaches.
  • Monitor worldwide betting markets to identify and investigate irregular betting activity.
  • Conduct investigations into suspicious matches and individuals suspected of match-fixing for sports disciplinary purposes and assist police with criminal inquiries.
  • Seek sanctions such as the exclusion of clubs from UEFA competitions or bans on individuals from any football-related activity.
  • Promote cooperation and information exchange with state public authorities, Europol and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Maintain a network of integrity officers in the 55 UEFA member associations and provide expert support at the domestic level.

32,000

The UEFA anti-match-fixing unit monitors the betting markets in UEFA competition matches and the top two leagues and cup competition in UEFA's 55 national associations, totalling roughly 32,000 matches.

Medical unit

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Mission
The UEFA medical unit supports national associations and clubs in the football medicine and sport science sector, with players' physical and psychological well-being at the core of its mission.

Objectives

  • Protect all players taking part in UEFA competitions by mandating pre-competition medical examinations and regulating medical services at matches.
  • Support the development of football medicine across Europe by running education and training programmes for football medical professionals in all UEFA member associations.
  • Organise long-running injury studies, including the UEFA Elite Club Injury Study, to understand how and why injuries occur in football and promote injury-prevention strategies as common practice.
  • Organise and support research into key football-related medical issues.
  • Provide football medical professionals with support and guidance.

200

More than 200 football medical specialists from all over Europe attended the 7th UEFA Medical Symposium in Athens in January 2018.

Anti-doping unit

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Mission
The UEFA anti-doping unit delivers comprehensive testing programmes in collaboration with national anti-doping organisations (NADO) and supports anti-doping education programmes to increase footballers’ knowledge about the dangers and consequences of doping.

Objectives

  • Train and manage a panel of doping control officers (DCO) to deliver a high-quality testing programme.
  • Collaborate with NADOs to ensure comprehensive anti-doping programmes are in operation throughout European football.
  • Develop athlete biological passports for all players competing in UEFA competitions.
  • Produce anti-doping regulations for all UEFA competitions in compliance with the World Anti-doping Code. 
  • Educate players, team doctors and support personnel on anti-doping matters.

2,500

More than 2,500 samples were collected at all competitions and stored for future reanalysis.

Stadium and Security Strategy and Development Programme

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Mission
To promote, enhance and safeguard UEFA’s corporate stadium and security policies, strategies and expertise, and to reinforce the national associations’ abilities to improve integrated stadium and security strategies.

Objectives

  • Hold five pan-European stadium and security strategy summits to be attended by all 55 national associations.
  • Offer stadium and security strategy summits to individual national associations.
  • Hold pan-European expert seminars on contemporary topics to be attended by all 55 national associations.
  • Offer masterclasses on contemporary topics to individual national associations.
  • Host an annual pan-European stadium and security conference in partnership with the EU.
  • Offer strategy, policy and practical support to individual national associations seeking to implement the Council of Europe 2016 convention on integrated safety, security and service.
  • Develop, maintain and disseminate a suite of knowledge products, training programmes and support services to all 55 national associations.

55

Representatives from within all 55 national associations attended the five UEFA stadium and security strategy summits last season.

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