FIFA Fair Play


Play fair

Winning is not fun if achieved unfairly. Playing fair makes others respect you. Cheating only brings shame.


Football for a better world

Football’s popularity can help make the world a better place. Use the power of football to promote peace and equality. Make the world better through football.


Expose the cheats

Say “no” to cheaters and report them. It is better to have cheaters removed before they can damage the game. Actively protect the beautiful game of football.


Help others play fair

Make sure everyone in football is playing fair. Do not let them be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers.


Reject negative influences

Football is sometimes exposed to negative outside influences. Do not be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers. Football is sport and sport is peace.


Promote fair play

Football is great because fair play is respected. When someone is exceptionally fair in football, they deserve recognition. Help promote football’s image by recognising good deeds.


Promote football

Football is the world’s greatest game. Help keep it that way. Talk about the positive and encourage others to do the same. Be a role model for the game.


Respect everyone

Everyone has the same rights. Opponents, team-mates, referees and spectators must be respected. Fair play is about respect. Respect is part of football.


Respect the rules

Sport needs rules in order to be played fairly. The rules of football are simple and easy to learn. They make football fun to play and watch.


Play to win but lose fairly

Winning is the goal of any game – never play to lose. But if you lose, do so fairly and you will win respect. Congratulate the winners and try to win the next time.

Discover more in the world of grassroots football

Philosophy of Grassroots Football

Basic techniques

Example exercises

Small-sided games