UEFA One of UEFAs responsibilities as a confederation of world footballs governing body FIFA is to organise and stage European competitions for clubs and national teams. In total, 13 competitions are currently organised by UEFA, with nine for national representative teams and four for clubs. AFC The Asian Football Confederation was established in 1954 to promote and manage the development of professional football in the Asia-Pacific region. The Confederation is responsible for major Asian football events such as the Asian Cup for national teams, as well as the Asian Super Cup, the Club Championship and the Cup Winners Cup for club teams throughout the region.
CAF The African Football Confederation was founded in 1957 by Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Africa, it now consists of all African National Football Associations, which are members of FIFA and recognized by it as the official bodies controlling football in their respective countries. CONCACAF The official site of the FC, the Confederation of North, Central, American, and Caribbean Association Football, one of six FIFA world Confederations serving as the governing body of soccer in this part of the world. It is composed of 38 members, spanning from Canada in the north to Surinam in the south. The FC organizes competitions for national teams and clubs.
Setting the Standard The Football Association, through its Charter Standard scheme, seeks to establish, reward and encourage good practice at grass roots levels so that parents and children can demand a minimum standard of provision from schools, clubs and holiday courses. The F.A.s Football Development Team works with County Associations, leagues, clubs and schools all round the country to award Charter Standards to deserving recipients.
As set out by Chairman Geoff Thompson, reflects The FAs principle vision of using the power of football to build a better future. By building relationships with the football family around the world, The FA aims to lead by example and shape the debate at UEFA and FIFA level by playing a full and proactive role within world football. It is also committed to using Englands resources, expertise and knowledge in co-operation with less-privileged regions of the world to develop their football infrastructure
Football is truly a global sport, explains Geoff Thompson, And The FA is committed to playing a role, extending a helping hand and building solid links around the world. Since its inception in October 2000, the International Relations team of Jane Bateman and Kim Fisher supported by Morag Taylor and led by The FAs Director of International Strategy David Davies, can claim an impressive range of achievements in both fields.
At the heart of it is The FAs International Development Programme (IDP), through which projects have been initiated in all regions of the world, ranging from goalkeeping courses to marketing, sports medicine, refereeing and administration workshops, each targeted at the specific needs of the country or countries involved. The FA also holds annual international courses in England for fitness trainers, treatment and management of injuries, referees, football administration and coaches.
The Goal Scheme Child protection is high on The FAs agenda. The goal is to have someone at every club in the country aware of child protection and best practice, whether its a Premiership Academy or a Sunday morning park side. Already 40,000 people have attended The FAs Child protection and best practice workshops. These are organised via County FAs on a regular basis. Now, The FA has launched a guide an introduction to child protection that can be worked through at home.
The FA believes football can have a powerful positive influence on children. But that means everyone involved in football must take on the responsibility of looking after those children that want to play the game. Goal is about doing things the right way, doing things properly. Its about allowing children to enjoy the game without abuse of any kind. That means bullying, physical, emotional or sexual abuse and neglect.
Setting Standards The Charter for Quality is The Football Associations programme to ensure and guarantee that the development of the countrys best young footballers meets the highest possible standards. By building on the best traditions of this country and learning from techniques employed abroad, The FA has built a framework of excellence, which is being put into practice at clubs up and down the country.
Doping In Football Allegations and evidence of doping over the past few years have rocked the football world. However, is there reluctance within the game to properly fight against the spread of banned substances use? An agreement over a new guideline that athletes found guilty of serious doping is subject to a mandatory two-year ban. However, FIFA argued there might be exceptional circumstances and Blatter is committed to define these exceptional circumstances in clearer terms. This points to a reluctance to come down too heavy on offenders. Perhaps this is not surprising when one considers the wider cultural context within which FIFA makes its policies.