A new initiative created by FIFA has been put in place to help protect all children involved in the game, something that Australians are part of.
With many people picking up the game of soccer from a young age – playing through organised competition and for fun, following a favourite team or even showing some interest in coaching or refereeing. With millions of children being invested in the sport, FIFA has identified that keeping them safe is of upmost importance.
The new safeguarding programme FIFA Guardians™ will deliver appropriate standards in order to protect children and allow them to be in a safe environment.
As one of the 211 FIFA Member associations, Football Federation Australia (FFA) will be required to review its current policy regarding child protection, feeding down to the A-League and state competitions around the country.
The main idea is to be on full alert for any instances where a child’s safety is put at risk, for example crowd behaviour that could escalate when tensions rise outside the playing arena.
FIFA has confirmed via a media release that the programme will slowly be implemented:
“The FIFA Guardians programme will be rolled out in the coming months through a series of training modules and workshops to promote global awareness and its implementation in all FIFA MAs and by working together with the confederations.”