Equity Diversity Interdependence
Promoting a Peaceful and Fair
Society based on Reconciliation
and Mutual Trust.
Founded in 1880, the Irish Football Association (IFA) is the fourth oldest football governing body in the world. The IFA plays an important role in the development of association football through the work of the international Football Association Board, the world rule making body of football, of which the IFA is a member.
Since 1998 the IFA has worked in partnership with the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council and Sports Council to tackle the problems of sectarianism in football, with assistance from the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation.
The IFA and Community Relations
"The IFA respects and values diversity. They endeavour to provide an environment which values and enables the full involvement of all people, in all aspects and at every level of Northern Ireland football, regardless of perceived cultural identity, political affiliation or religious beliefs. They believe in the philosophy of Football For All”
The IFA have been committed to their long term 'Football For All' Community Relations Programme, working to promote the inclusion of everyone in the sport, with diverse schemes and initiatives such as the Women's Football programme, the Disability Development Programme and several others including minority ethnic groups and youth groups.
The IFA are also committed to delivering comprehensive, relevant and current Community Relations and anti-discrimination training for all their staff and the promotion of community relations and good conduct within their supporter's network.
The IFA continue to implement their Community Relations strategy through the principles of their 'Football For All' projects. They are currently undergoing an independent audit of their Community Relations work, and are developing a framework and marketing strategy for Good Relations within the IFA in 2005.
Most recently they are undertaking this years Equity training for IFA Staff and Chief Stewards, and hope to improve even further upon the progress and success of their Community Relations schemes.