CONCACAF launch first Diversity Handbook15 January 2015

Anewhandbookondiversityinfootballhasbeenlaunchedbythe ConfederationofNorth,CentralAmericaandCaribbeanAssociationFootball(CONCACAF)aspartofitsEmbraceDiversitycampaigntofurtherequalityandinclusionacrossthesportandpreventdiscrimination.

The Confederation’s first-ever educational publication on the topic was presented to its 41 Member Associations by the FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, yesterday (14 January), during a FIFA Club Licensing Seminar in Miami, US.

“Diversity and inclusion are drivers of growth and critical to achieving our mission of developing the game,

“I’m confident that this Diversity Handbook will contribute to the enrichment of our sport, while building solid education foundations for the next generations to embrace inclusiveness and to respect every individual regardless of any dimension of diversity.” said Webb.

The guide offers tools to expand acceptance and inclusiveness on and off the field, while offering an understanding of the need for action, control measures and vigilance.

Webb added: “The universal nature of football demands us to educate and be inclusive as our sport is in a unique position to foster a positive social change within the game and society, especially with the youth,

“This handbook is an important step to empower all members of the football family to preserve the game’s universality, while eliminating barriers that may affect its integrity.”

The Diversity Handbook is divided in two main areas, including a section on Prevention and Education, which through key concepts and case studies aims to educate about discrimination and prevent incidents; and a section on Control and Compliance, where a series of measures and mechanisms is presented to help protect players and the game’s integrity. The latter also features the Anti-Racism and Discrimination resolutions approved by Member Associations during the 63rd FIFA Congress in 2013 and the CONCACAF Protocol for Racist Incidents during Matches.

The handbook is based on information and expertise of organisations such as Fare, United Nations, CONAPRED, Kick It Out, UNICEF, Show Racism The Red Card and The Non-Violence Project; it also includes complementary information on awareness-raising activities and coalition campaigns.