Italy: United by the same colors | Inside UEFA


Ethnic characteristics such as skin color come from a common origin, namely the three primary colors, cyan, magenta and yellow, and black which results from their combination. Starting from a truly original concept, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), in collaboration with national football stakeholders, launched the campaign against discrimination #unitidaglistessicolori (United by the same colors) on March 24. The campaign ambassadors are representatives of the different categories of the football family: players, coaches, sports managers, etc.

‘United by the same colours’ is the product of the FIGC’s first anti-discrimination task force, a body set up with funds from UEFA’s HatTrick and Football Social Responsibility programs and made up of different personalities from Federation components: Lega Serie A, Lega Serie B, Lega Pro, Amateur League (LND), Italian Players Association (AIC), Referees Association (AIA), Coaches Association (AIAC), Youth and School Football Department , Technical Department, Women’s Football Division and Paralympic and Experimental Football Division.

A rich program of initiatives

For the first time, a project to fight discrimination is developed and carried out in collaboration with all the actors, through a rich program of initiatives that take place throughout the year 2022. After its launch during the international period in March, the #unitidaglistessicolori campaign continued until the summer, alongside the events that close the sports season.

On June 18, in Rimini, the Association of Italian coaches and several speakers led the meeting-debate « The experience of the coach », which aimed to share experiences, to outline new objectives and to formulate actions to take action to combat discrimination in all its forms. The key fixtures have been set at grassroots festivals and the final stages of the men’s and women’s junior championships organized by the FIGC youth and school football department in Coverciano (Florence), Turin, Verona, Bari and Ascoli. In total, these events, which took the form of awareness-raising and interaction activities, whether on the playing field or through social media platforms, saw the participation of 1,000 young athletes and more of 2500 spectators. Similar activities were organized at the FIGC Paralympic and Experimental Football Division Finals in Novara and at the Giulio Onesti Olympic Preparation Center in Rome, where a large participation of athletes and public was recorded.

This article first appeared in UEFA Direct Issue 198

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