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Equality, diversity and inclusion

We recognise that football’s respect for equality and diversity builds bridges and breaks down barriers, giving the game enormous potential to unite communities behind positive social change.

European football’s power for good is rooted in the rich diversity of people attracted to the game at all levels. Whatever their background or type of involvement, our community is united by a love of the beautiful game and its fundamental values like respect and equality.

To unlock football’s potential to drive positive social change, it is vital that everyone continues to enjoy equal access to the game, regardless of ability, age, belief, ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation.

"Football, with its universal language, can break barriers and unite hearts. By opening its arms to all, … it creates a level playing field where everyone feels welcome.”

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin (June 2023)


Launched in June 2023, UEFA’s FootbALL programme lies at the heart of our efforts to work with stakeholders to safeguard the game’s inclusivity and fully leverage its influence to improve society.

The programme is underpinned by three pillars: campaign, platform and activation. Its core message – “In football, everyone is welcome” – will connect all our social sustainability activities, events and campaigns, including the OUTRAGED educational initiative.

Inside UEFA

From developing inclusive language guidelines to ensuring accessibility, our commitment to equality starts with our own staff at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

We review regulations and policies, identifying potential risks and mitigating actions across financial, operational, reputational and strategic activities. We also prioritise workplace equality, conducting regular, confidential surveys to evaluate how our community lives diversity and inclusion so we can adapt to employee expectations and requirements.

In December 2021, UEFA was awarded equal salary employer certification by independent auditor PwC for the Equal Salary Foundation, a Swiss non-profit organisation. The certificate is granted to organisations that apply a fair wage policy for male and female employees.

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