Football for the Goals

On the opening day of UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, the United Nations launched Football for the Goals. This new UN initiative provides a platform for the global football community to engage with and advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Union
of European Football Associations (UEFA), which unveiled in December 2021 its own sustainability strategy “
Strength through Unity focusing on human rights and the environment, joins the initiative as its inaugural member.

A UNled and managed initiative, Football for the Goals (FFTG) will tap into the power of football not only to raise awareness and recognition of the SDGs, but to achieve behavioural change and sustainable practices in the football industry.

FFTG launched with a virtual event featuring a conversation with UN Deputy SecretaryGeneral Amina J. Mohammed and UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. Available on the UN YouTube platform.

Football stakeholders from confederations, national associations, leagues, and clubs, to players, players’ associations, organized fan groups, as well as media and commercial partners are invited to join FFTG and become active agents of change by committing to adopt the principles of sustainable development and human rights, develop sustainable business practices and act as SDG champions. Members will use their visibility and outreach power via tournaments, players, corporate brand exposure, media and fan communities to raise the profile of the SDGs through amplification and advocacy. Through their commitments, they will raise awareness of the SDGs and demonstrate how sustainable practices can be mainstreamed through any business model, including sports.

To highlight the applicability of the commitments outlined in FFTG, the Football Association of Norway is launching a pilot project demonstrating how its national teams, grassroots football and leagues, and its media partner, will work together to support the Sustainable Development Goals and it will work closely with the UN to share the results with those interested in joining FFTG.

Those interested in joining the initiative and committing to a sustainable future are encouraged to learn more at the FFTP webpage.
The United Nations recognizes the powerful voice football carries in the global community and the role football can play in raising awareness for the SDGs through the popularity of the game. Not only is football the most popular sport in the world, it is also the most accessible,” said Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations. “All you need is a ball for people to come together. Every day, millions of people worldwide play the game, whether on a makeshift field, in a schoolyard or in a giant stadium. That’s why we are excited and proud to launch this initiative. Football for the Goals offers a unique opportunity to raise awareness and galvanise the world into action on the SDGs. We are grateful to UEFA for their commitment as the inaugural member of this initiative and we look forward to many others in the football community joining this effort worldwide.

“I am pleased that the United Nations recognizes the powerful voice that football carries in the global community and the role we can play in raising awareness of the sustainable development goals through the game’s popularity, says UEFA’s President Aleksander Čeferin. “UEFA, as an inaugural member of Football for the Goals, aspires to take a leading role as an exponent for change in sports by contributing to the promotion of sustainable development and introducing more sustainable
business and operating models to the football industry. I am convinced that if football comes together and bundles its power to drive sustainable change, it will be able to have a strong and longlasting positive impact. As UEFA, we must set the right example towards sustainable change and inspire others to follow.
Football for the Goals follows successful collaborations between the UN and creative agencies, media organizations, and the publishing and mobile industries, among others, to promote action on the SDGs.