fairplay Initiative

fairplay at the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) is the initiative for diversity and anti-discrimination in sport.

The fairplay initiative was founded in 1997 as part of the European Year Against Racism. As an interface for mediation work and networking activities, for emancipatory and participatory initiatives, fairplay acts as a contact and advice center as well as a competence center in matters of (anti) discrimination and diversity in football.

Our thematic focus is on anti-discrimination and diversity, social inclusion, and human rights and development. Goals of the fairplay initiative

Goals of the fairplay initiative

  • Strengthening public awareness by initiating a broad and media-effective commitment for diversity and against discrimination; Creation of problem awareness in the football and sports community (officials, players, coaches, fans and sports journalists) for anti-racist and anti-discriminatory content;
  • Creation of problem awareness in the football and sports community (officials, players, coaches, fans and sports journalists) for anti-racist and anti-discriminatory content;
  • Promotion of a differentiated reflection on the phenomenon of sport and, in particular, football at national and international expert level, thereby highlighting positive strategies against open and everyday discrimination inside and outside the football stadiums;
  • Supporting marginalized groups (migrants, young people, fans) in their active participation.

The fairplay initiative is funded by the Austrian Ministry of Sports, Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA), the European Commission within the framework of the ERASMUS + sports program and the City of Vienna and supported by UEFA.