2020 UEFA Foundation for Children Awards

The €1 million support for 20 European Children's charities

The spring UEFA Foundation for Children board of trustees meeting was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, our work has continued even during this challenging period and our chairman, Aleksander Čeferin, decided to nominate the 2020 UEFA Foundation for Children awards as planned and additionally grant financial support to the Youth Sports Games, the biggest amateur sports event for children and youth in Europe.

In accordance with the foundation’s status and regulations, the decisions were taken in a written procedure.

2020 UEFA Foundation for Children awards

The foundation has asked the 55 UEFA member associations to nominate charities in their countries according to the following criteria:

  • All award recipients must be based in the country of a UEFA member association.
  • Potential recipients must accept and comply with the foundation charter and ethics code.
  • Potential recipients must have been registered with the relevant national authorities for at least three years and comply with national legal obligations.
  • The activities carried out by recipients must be aimed at helping vulnerable, deprived or socially excluded children, and must never involve the promotion of talented young footballers.

The Board of Trustees has decided to divide the total funding – €1m – equally between 20 nominees, with the 20 organisations below each receiving a €50,000 grant:

CIO Associations NGOs
AUT Austrian Football Association SOS-Kinderdorf
BEL Royal Belgian Football Association Koninklijke Sporting Club City Pirates
BLR Belarus Football Association SOS-Сhildren’s Village Marjina Gorka
CRO Croatian Football Association The Croatian Down Syndrome Association
CZE Football Association of the Czech Republic Real Top Praha
DEN Danish Football Association The danish christmas seal foundation
ENG English Football Association Coaches Across Continents Ltd
EST Estonian Football Association SOS Children's Village Association of Estonia
GER German Football Association In safe hands e.V.
GIB Gibraltar Football Association Help Me Learn Africa
ITA Italian Football Association Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù
LTU Lithuanian Football Association Nemuno krašto vaikai
NIR Irish Football Association Irish FA Foundation
POL Polish Football Association Hope for Mundial Association
POR Portuguese Football Federation Ludotempo – Associação da Promoção do Brincar
RUS Football Union of Russia Under the flag of kindness
SCO Scottish Football Association Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
SVN Football Association of Slovenia Youth Health and Summer Resort Debeli Rtič
SWE Swedish football Association KIF Örebro DFF
UKR Ukrainian Association of Football Football Development in Ukraine


Youth Sports Games

The board has decided to allocate €50,000 to this year’s festival, which will be organised as soon as the situation eases up. This event will have a special signification after the Covid-19 pandemic, and we hope it will inspire children and help bring a positive spirit back to the region. The games are held in three countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. In 2019, as many as 202,000 youngsters competed.


Call for projects 2020

The UEFA Foundation for Children will launch a new call for projects from 1 July to 15 August 2020. Applicants from all over the world can submit their projects on our official website, where they can find all the necessary information and the selection criteria in due time. The board of trustees will select projects and announce its decisions at the next meeting in November.


The current health crisis is challenging the world and having devastating effects on the most vulnerable communities. Our partners need our support more than ever in this uncertain period to enable football and education programmes in underserved communities to carry on once the pandemic is over.

- Urs Kluser, general secretary of the UEFA Foundation for Children

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