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Grassroots - wide base represents 99 percent of football as a sport.

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Football is a three-tier cake

                  ICING – TOP LEVEL

                  FRUIT –ELITE YOUTH

                  BASE - GRASSROOTS

All Football which is Non – Professional/Non – Elite is part of Grassroots Football




-          Children's Football

-          Schools Football

-          Amateur Football

-          Women's Football

-          Beach Soccer/Futsal

-          Leisure Football

-          Veterans' Football

-          Community Football

-          Disabilty Football




Grassroots  football is Enjoyable, Safe, Open, Personal, Everywhere, Creative, Simple, Fair, Lively




  1. Educational -  Values, Knowledge, Problem Solving
  2. Health – Lifestyle, Fitness, Emotions
  3. Social – Integration, Personality, Friendships
  4. Sporting – Skill Acquisition, Tactical Awareness,Competition
  5. Political – Facility Provision, Investment, Support
  6. Business – Promotional Events, Equipment, Sponsorship




-          Grassroots Football is one of the 11 UEFA core values. The importance of Grassroots Football

was highlighted at the UEFA Congress in Paris in 2011 – the values for a better society were


-          President Michel Platini praised the devotion and passion of millions of grassroots coaches and volunteers all over Europe.


-          The UEFA Grassroots Charter recognises the importance of non-professional and non-elite

                football as well as the values of grassroots football

-          A quality mark focusing on specific aspects of grassroots football Fundamental requirements: basic structures, grassroots leader training and various services for players


Croatian Football Federation joined the Charter in 2007. as a 16th National Association. By the April 2013. all the European National Football Associations joined the Charter.


Croatian Football Federation paticipates in various UEFA Grassroots Programmes on a regular basis;


-          UEFA Study Group Scheme: Grassroots Football Specific


29 different Host Associations

64 seminars on Grassroots Football:

Season 2008/09: 10 seminars

Season 2009/10: 12 seminars

Season 2010/11: 13 seminars

Season 2011/12: 16 seminars

Season 2012/13: 13 seminars


-          UEFA Grassroots Day


On the Wednesday before the UEFA Champions League final

The associations are encouraged to organise events on and around this day in a pan-European celebration of Grassroots Football


-          UEFA Women's Football Development Program 2012 - 2016


Croatian Football Federatin established  5 Women's Football Development centres in Zagreb, Osijek, Varazdin, Split and Rijeka. Girls from 6 – 12 years of age are encourageg to join football throught fun activities organized by educated and trainned football coaches in a safe enviroment.


Croatian Football Federation supports and co-operates  with UEFA partners operating in Croatia  - Special Olympics, Open Fun Football Schools, FARE Network and others  in activities of social responsibility and inclusion throught football.

photo by: Arhiva HNS

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