This guidance is intended for governing bodies and sports
federations across Europe. It may also be of use for other bodies
operating in both professional and amateur football such as clubs,
administering bodies and unions. Finally, we encourage everyone
in football – no matter who you are – to view this guidance to better
understand what can be done to make football a sport for all.
The guidance is split into four sections. In the first section we seek
to outline what we think are the main issues concerning lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender involvement in football. In the second
we seek to identify a range of actions that readers can take to help
their organisation prevent discrimination and violence. In the third
section we give some simple ways that your organisation can assess
where it is and get started. Finally, in section four, we give some
examples of good practice for you to reference.
Underlying this guidance is the belief that to truly eradicate and
end discrimination and violence, football bodies need to not
only address overt examples of inappropriate behaviour, but to
take meaningful and proactive behaviour to make themselves
and football as a whole inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people. Accordingly, what this guide advocates is a
mainstreaming approach – not treating issue of discrimination as
an add on – but creating a culture where all decisions are taken
bearing in mind the significant minority of lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender people who love football.
We hope that this guide will help your organisation to make football
inclusive, welcoming and safe for all.
You may download a copy of the publication Guidance for Football Governing Bodies on LGBT Inclusion and the Prevention of Discrimination and Violence in PDF format, or view it online below.