The Football Club Social Alliance
The Football Club Social Alliance (FCSA) is a network of professional European football clubs that team up for social change on a global level. The FCSA runs international projects in crisis- and development regions and projects in disability football within Europe.
The partner clubs of the FCSA use the unifying power and values of football to empower young people from conflict and crisis regions in their work with disadvantaged children. Experts of the football clubs train these young dedicated women and men together with local aid organisations to become certified “Young Coaches”– football coaches and social role models. The club’s engagement has no relation to talent promotion. Instead, it solely focuses on the holistic development of young leaders which helps them to better work with the children in their communities.
The FCSA was established by the Scort Foundation which is a politically and religiously independent non-profit foundation headquartered in Basel, Switzerland (The foundation was established according to Swiss foundation law on 27 January 2010). Scort Foundation is responsible for all conceptual and organisational tasks, including the project management, fundraising and partnerships of the FCSA. The curriculum of the Young Coach Education programme was developed by Scort. Evaluations ensure that programme quality is maintained, and social impact is maximised.
FCSA Partner Clubs
Board of Directors
Gigi Oeri (President)
Pierino Lardi (Vice President)
Former Board of Directors since 2010
Adolf Ogi (2010-2013, still an honorary member of the Foundation)
Dr. Michael Kessler (2010-2018, deceased 10.08.2018)
Peter Knäbel (2014-2016)