he Fare network (Fare) is a European NGO (www.farenet.org) representing organisations that tackle discrimination in football and use football as a vehicle to foster social inclusion and promote diversity. United in the commitment to bring about positive social change, the strength of Fare springs from its diverse membership which comprises over 110 NGOs, ethnic minority groups, community groups, amateur and professional football clubs, national football associations etc. in 38 countries. Fare give members a platform and the support they need to connect and address cross-border issues affecting youth in the field of anti-discrimination, social inclusion, integration, diversity, LGBT inclusion, gender equality across by using sport as a unifying language and powerful tool for non-formal learning. Fare works across the football industry to foster exchange of expertise among football clubs, associations, governing bodies and other key actors in football to get them engaged and committed to work towards a positive change. Fare was founded 1999 in Vienna. Since 2010, the Fare secretariat is based in London with currently 6 members of staff and a number of volunteers and contracted partners. Fare has a Board elected by the membership every three years.
Fare commitment and main objective to tackle discrimination and promote social inclusion through football’s inclusive power is based on the principle that the game, as the most popular sport in the world, belongs to everyone and can be used as a tool to further social cohesion by bridging differences and strengthening common aspirations and values. Fare’s European, and increasingly global, impact of in the field of social change in and through football has resulted in a number of valuable affiliations and partnerships with policy-makers and institutions. Fare is a corporate social responsibility partner of European football’s governing body UEFA; member of the Consultative Committee Bureau of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS); is represented on the FIFA Task Force on Racism and Discrimination and has in the past conducted research for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Furthermore, we have been working with the European Commission in informal meetings on addressing the refugee crisis in football since November 2015.