Football happens to be the biggest game in the world. All people have the right to watch, discuss or even play football without any restrictions whatsoever. The aim of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) is to fight against any form of discrimination in football, whether it is in the classrooms, in the offices, at the training grounds, in the changing rooms, on the playground or in the stadium; and by anyone, be it the educators, administrators, coaches, managers, players or by fans.
FARE was born in Vienna, in February 1999. The initiative came from supporter groups from various regions of Europe. It also included player unions and football associations. The meeting was to develop a common policy and strategies against xenophobia and racism. FARE is a network of organizations from several European countries and includes a plan of action. The FARE network dedicates itself to the fight against xenophobia and racism in football across Europe. All common efforts and coordinated efforts are brought to bear upon, both at the national and local levels. It aims to bring together all those who are interested in contending against discrimination in football.
Today the success of the network spans more than 37 countries where they have active partners. With these partners, FARE is working for the game of football together with players, fans, migrant and ethnic minority organizations, including government bodies such as FIFA and UEFA. Players unions and professional clubs related to football are also members of FARE. It also acts like an umbrella organization supporting those who are challenging the discrimination and racism all throughout Europe. Coordination is done by several partners working within a central administration group.
The concerted campaigning for change by the FARE network is making its effect felt. Not that all problems are totally solved, there are still continuing problems of discrimination, both on and off the playground, exclusion of ethnic migrants and minorities, and racial abuse. However, FARE has started a positive and well-coordinated campaign to end all this.