Football In Europe
UEFA – Each summer, the Norway Cup sees some 30,000 children and young people from more than forty countries gather in Oslo. The Football Association of Norway (NFF) takes the opportunity to promote fair play and, this year, the focus fell on parents’ behaviour on the sidelines. From time to time, over-eager parents can let their feelings take over. Therefore, the NFF distributed a green card listing twelve guidelines for parents to encourage them to show respect and a positive attitude so that their children can fully appreciate the joys of football.
In line with a proposal from its referees committee, the Romanian Football Federation (RFF) has introduced a new refereeing policy, promoting the development of young referees rather than their more senior counterparts who have reached the highest level they can and are unlikely to make further progress. This principle was illustrated for the first time at this year’s Romanian Supercup, which ended in a victory for Rapid Bucharest over league champions Dinamo Bucharest. The game between these two rivals from the Romanian capital was refereed by 22-year-old student Istvan Kovacs, who repaid the RFF’s trust in him by producing a fine performance that was praised by players, association officials and members of the media alike. It is now up to him and his fellow young Romanian referees to continue in a similarly successful vein when they are appointed for top flight matches in their country.
The German football association recently organised a congress assembling fans and officials from clubs from various levels of the game and entitled “Football is our life – coming together”. The aim of this initiative was to strengthen dialogue between club officials and supporters and the event’s success has resulted in support for exchanges of this nature to continue