FOOTBALL AS WORLD
"Since peace begins in the minds of men, it is in the eyes of the children that we shall see and make decisions that lead this way to humanity."
Football is universal. It has a special status with people of almost every nation of the world, without any distinction of race, nationality, skin colour, culture, gender, religion, social, physical or mental background.
It is not only a sport, but a legacy from the past from which we are benefiting today and that we transmit to the future generations. It has the power to promote social change and opportunity for all, and promote values of tolerance, inclusion and opportunity that should be universal.
Football World Heritage is spearheading a global campaign, supported by many luminaries from the world of football and the President of UNESCO's General Assembly, to have football officially recognised as the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. This will provide a basis for the unique power of the sport to be harnessed for the people that need it the most - the people of our planet. In turn, this will allow us to promote our parallel charitable initiatives, such as "One Child, One Ball".
Now is the time to act!
Our goal is to reach each and every UNESCO ambassador from all 185 member states and obtain their support for our project. However, the more public support we receive, the more successful our project will be.
Sign the pledge and support the candidacy of Football as a World Heritage of UNESCO
I pledge to support the candidacy of Football as a World Heritage of UNESCO,
Because it is universal, and goes beyond languages, cultures and religions,
Because it sings all anthems of the world, awakens our passions and national prides,
Because it is a bridge between nations and people, between pride and equality, between mutual sharing and daily passion,
Because millions of young people meet on the pitch and grow together,
Because it is a step towards the emancipation of women,
Because it is the desire to play, and therefore to live together,
Because it is courage and endurance, construction and collective, commitment and temperament,
Because it is more than a sport,
Because it is, with the Olympic games, the world most watched spectacle,
Because it is the passion beyond the emotion, that unites us for the love of the game,
Because it arises the winning spirit and the team spirit in each and every one of us,
Because billions of humans love it,
Because it drives us to our dreams, and gives hope to millions of children, Because it’s our legacy,
Because it’s worth it.
Football in numbers
viewers at the world cup
of casual or regular football players around the world
of licensees including
115 000 professional
football games every week in the world (32,000 matches every weekend in France)
referees in the world
WE NEED TO MOBILIZE
Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair
- Nelson Mandela
Because it is universal beyond languages, religions and conflicts,
Because it reverberates worldwide hymns and awakens our national pride,
Because it is a link between nations and peoples, and between pride, equality, sharing and passion,
Because it is the most important sport for millions of young people who consider their team as their first fraternity, Because it is a step forward for emancipation of women, Because it represents the desire to play, and therefore to live, together,
Because it is simultaneously valor and endurance, sportsman and collective, commitment and temperament,
Because it is more than just a sport,
Because it gives birth to winning spirit that exists within each of us,
Because billions of us love it, Because it leads people to reach their dreams…
Because it’s worth it
The "Football World Leaders" who make difference
“We are obviously conscious of the enormous power of the most popular sport in the world, of its capacity to act as a vehicle for universal values such as fair-play and respect and of its efficiency in the strive for social improvement that are the equality between men and women, social inclusion, tolerance and education. We hope that Football will be saved in the Intangible Cultural Heritage list of UNESCO”.
Princess Rani Vanouska T.MODELY
Ambassador delegate for Football World Heritage of UNESCO
"Football, before being a matter of competition and money, it is the most popular sport, the most universal, a common language and a collective memory shared by 4.5 billion people in all nations of the world. How could it not be in the service of UNESCO's objectives: Education, Culture, Social Inclusion, Equality and the Development of United Nations Programs, whose common destiny is to serve the Peace".