No government can neglect sport and the benefits that it can bring to the population. Football is a vehicle for the promotion of health, education, team spirit and fair play. These concepts are also central to national government objectives and are values upheld by modern societies. The objectives of a grassroots programme are similar to values promoted by many countries:
Football is usually practised in clubs. The degree of structure offered by these clubs depends on the economic situation of the country and the development of football (popularity, funding, human resources, volunteers, goodwill and the association’s structures).
Football is not only practised within clubs, however, as football is universal and is played everywhere. The recent media coverage of street football and the development of futsal, sometimes associated with the neighbourhoods of major cities, remind us that football is played everywhere that young people have the freedom to express themselves and the means to buy or make a ball.
Schools are an important breeding ground for footballers. The sport is a taught subject in the majority of educational systems.
For these reasons, it can be seen that sport, and particularly football, forms a natural part of governmental programmes, for example: