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FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport

FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport

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FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport

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Learning to play your part

Millions of children around the world are passionate about football. Many play, whether in organised matches or kick-abouts, some take an early interest in coaching and refereeing, and almost all follow a favourite team or player.

Yet no matter how they are involved in the game every child has the right to enjoy football in a safe environment as well as a culture that promotes respect and understanding.

Why study these courses? FIFA are working with their Member Associations and Confederations to develop awareness of good practice in safeguarding and expand their capacity to develop robust safeguarding cultures in football. You can study these courses as a FIFA Learner or as an Open Learner. Choose one of the two gateways below is appropriate for you.

Expert knowledge. You will benefit from knowledge provided by experts in their field. Supporting your work. You will apply key skills and ideas to your safeguarding role. Achieve a qualification. Gain individual digital badges for each course and a certificate once you complete all five courses.

FIFA Learners

FIFA Learner

Who is a FIFA Learner

You are a FIFA Learner when you are: 

  • Appointed by your Member Association (MA) as its lead Safeguarding Officer or Safeguarding Focal Point and this has been approved by FIFA. 
  • Nominated by your MA as a Safeguarding Officer working in football; these additional nominations may be accepted by FIFA depending on availability. 

FIFA strongly encourages all employees and volunteers of Member Associations (e.g. President, a coach, physio, referee, player, or volunteer), or FIFA staff members to sign up as a FIFA-Learner and complete the short 90-minute Course 1 – FIFA Guardians Safeguarding Essentials

If you are not a FIFA Learner you can still benefit from all the FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport courses by registering for the Open Learner pathway

I am a FIFA learner

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Global Football Family Learners

Global Football Family

Who is a Global Football Family Learner

Everyone involved in football is a Global Football Family Learner. FIFA strongly encourages all employees and volunteers of Member Associations (e.g. a coach, physio, referee, player, parent, volunteer or the President), or FIFA staff members to sign up as a Global Football Family Learner and complete the short 90-minute Course 1 – FIFA Guardians Safeguarding Essentials.

I am a Global Football Family learner

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Open Learners

Open Learner

You are an Open Learner if you work, support or play in activities outside of FIFA or football and want to learn more about safeguarding in sport. Whatever your interest in safeguarding you can benefit from these free FIFA courses. They are open to all.

I am an Open Learner

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FIFA Learner Global Football Family Open Learner


These courses are brought to you by FIFA in association with The Open University.

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