F.A.Q.
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. 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 or join our Movement. Join FDF Movement!
I do not have any football experience, can I become a
FDF-leader anyway?
Yes, of course! If you want to be a leader in your community, please contact an FDF team member that works in the region or country where you live or join our Movement. Join FDF Movement!
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.
What do you mean when you say that you only work with girls and women?
Our programs are target people that define themselves as girls and women. However, to change the world, we need everyone's help. Therefore, anyone can get engaged in Futebol dá força - however always with the goal to create safe places for people that define themselves as girls.
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 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. Our goal is to be an independent organization, financed to the greatest extent possible through our own revenues. Today, FDF for Business accounts for 50% of our global budget. The remaining 50% is financed through donations from foundations and individuals.
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. You can request us to send you a confirmation of how your donation has been used since we track all donations in our system, and it's easy to follow where every donation ends up.
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, leadership trainings and consulting, we help businesses work with equality, inclusion and diversity making 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.
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 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 the Movement, and 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 the world, just as in Mozambique and Zambia, there is a lack of leaders irrespective of their gender, and we therefore work with all leaders in the Movement - irrespective of their gender.
How do you count the number of leaders, girls and communities in the organisation?
In Mozambique and Zambia we simply count the number of girls registered in our football leagues, and the number of coaches that are part of our network and coach these girls. 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 girls that they coach on a regular basis (i.e. that participate in almost every training session). We do not count girls 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. In the Movement, we count the leaders that have taken part in our online training, and are part of our online network, and the girls they coach on a regular basis. When we count communities, we count the number of communities where the coaches and girls are active (where the football teams practice).
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