How can I get engaged?
We believe that everyone has something to contribute with. We also believe that if you do something that you love, you can contribute even more. Therefore we always try to find the best way for you to get engaged, depending on how, when, where and why you would like to get involved. Let us know how you would like to get engaged and together we will find the way that suits you the best to become a part of our movement. Get started by contacting an FDF team member that seems to be working with what you find most exciting, and we will take it from there.
I want to be a volunteer with Futebol dá força. Can I?
That is great – the world needs more engaged people like you! If you want to volunteer in your community, please contact an FDF team member that works in the region or country where you live.
If you want to volunteer elsewhere than in your country of residence, that is not possible with us since we work exclusively with local volunteers and do not allow foreign volunteers. This policy is grounded in our belief that it is much easier to transform attitudes, norms and social structures in a society if you are from there or live there more permanently, speak the same language and is able to get around on your own. It also ensures that our volunteers are not seen as privileged outsiders with a bunch of foreign ideas that they want to impose on local people, but rather as extraordinary community members whose ideas and leadership should be respected and followed. Furthermore, it is crucial that young girls have role models that prove to them that women and men who look like them and who have grown up under the same circumstances can achieve great things, and that these role models do not disappear after a short stay but instead build up strong relationships and support them over a longer period of time.
I do not have any football experience, can I become an FDF-leader anyway?
Yes, of course! Contact the FDF team member working in the country or region where you live and we will look at how you can get engaged in the way that suits you best.
What about the boys? They need this too!
Yes, we also firmly believe that boys need leaders that empower them both on and off the football field. Additionally, we believe that the norms and expectations that society puts on boys and men are one of the root causes for the structures that prevent girls and women from accessing equal rights and opportunities. This is why we view our work with empowering communities as one of the most important aspects of what we do.
Many of our coaches, especially in Mozambique and Zambia, also coach boys' teams, where they use the same leadership and methods that they use with the girls. In these cases, the boys and girls train together as one team, but play in different leagues.
We have also developed a boys' football coaching course where coaches get both theoretical and practical knowledge in how to strengthen boys' self-esteem, develop their mental and physical health and prevent violence - both on and off the football field. If you work with boys' football and want to develop as a leader and learn new methods that you can use to empower boys, please contact [email protected].
However, all our core programs aim at strengthening girls' rights and opportunities. That is what Futebol dá força is all about. If we were to shift our focus - and resources - from girls to boys, we would become a part of the structure that we are striving to change. Therefore we work only with girls in our core programs, and happen to empower boys on the way. This does not, however, mean that we do not work with boys and men that want to get engaged with Futebol dá força - anyone that wants to become a part of our movement is welcome to join. We are stronger together, remember?!
Why do you work with both male and female coaches in Mozambique and Zambia, but only female coaches in Sweden?
We always adapt our programs to the local contexts and needs. When we started our programs in Mozambique and Zambia, girls' football was not common and we therefore built up a widespread structure within the local context that did not previously exist. In Sweden on the other hand, girls' football was already common and there is a well-developed structure for youth football that has existed for more than 100 years. However, since this structure has existed for so long it has also created norms that govern who can be a part of it. To challenge these norms, and to give girls equal access to the structure, we started our programs in Sweden. In Sweden, girls already played football to a great extent, but they were primarily coached by male coaches lacking relevant leadership training. Therefore, we decided to only work with female coaches as they are a minority. We believe in engaging both men and women as leaders to make our vision reality. However in Sweden, there are already many male leaders but a lack of female leaders, so we only work with female leaders, whereas in Mozambique and Zambia, there is a lack of leaders irrespective of their gender, and we therefore work with all leaders - irrespective of their gender.
How old are the girls you work with?
We engage girls from about 6-7 years old until they are over 20 years old. However, the majority of our girls are between 11-16 years old. This is also the age group that we aim the most at since we in that age can have the greatest impact on a girl's future prospects.
Do you pay your leaders?
No, we do not, however a few of our leaders have remunerated positions in the football clubs where they are active, independently of us.
How do you count the number of leaders, players and communities?
In Mozambique and Zambia we simply count the number of players registered in our football leagues, and the number of coaches that are part of our network and coach these players. Thus, we do not count referees or facilitators when we talk about coaches. In Sweden, we count the number of coaches that are part of our network, and the number of players that they coach on a regular basis (i.e. that participate in almost every training session). We do not count players that show up and participate in our activites irregularly (i.e. every once in a while), even though they are of course considered part of our teams when they do show up. When we count communities, we count the number of communities where the coaches and players are active (where the football teams practice).
The numbers shown on our website are current numbers that are frequently updated. We do not count the leaders, players and communities that we have previously worked with since the start in 2012 that are no longer involved, since we want to give an honest picture of our current impact.
How is Futebol dá força financed?
Alongside our non-profit work, we also run a for-profit branch - FDF for Business - which has the same goal and vision as Futebol dá força as a whole. In FDF for Business, we have taken our competence, experience and methods from our non-profit sector and adapted them for businesses. Through talks, workshops, educations and consulting, we help businesses work with equality, inclusion and diversity which makes them more inclusive and value driven. By doing so, businesses can join our movement of change - and we can at the same time generate revenues that finance our non-profit. Our goal is to be an independent organization, financed to the greatest extent possible through our own revenues. Today, FDF for Business accounts for 40% of our global budget. The remaining 60% is financed through donations from foundations and private persons.
How does FDF for Business work?
FDF for Business is the for-profit branch of Futebol dá força, which has the same goal and vision as Futebol dá força as a whole. In FDF for Business, we've taken our competence, experience and methods from our non-profit and adapted them for businesses. Through talks, workshops, educations and consulting, we help businesses work with equality, inclusion and diversity which makes them more inclusive and value driven. By doing so, businesses can join our movement of change - and we can at the same time generate revenues that finance our non-profit. Everyone working with FDF for Business is a FDF team member, which also enables us to be very flexible and give our partners a tailored set-up based on their conditions and ambitions - when and where they want.
How do I know that the money I donate to Futebol dá força ends up where I want it to?
If you have donated to a specific cause that we have had a campaign for, the money will be used for that specific cause.
If you want to donate to a specific cause that is close to your heart, let us know prior to your donation and we will make sure that your donation finances that specific cause. You can also mark your payment with the specific cause and we will make sure that the money will be used for that cause.
If you have already honored us with a general donation and want to know exactly what your donation ended up financing, contact us and we'll tell you. Transparency is important to us, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about how money is used within Futebol dá força. We have very detailed and transparent financial reporting, that makes it easy for us to track a specific donation to its final destination. We are happy to share this information with anyone interested.