Open Soccer Manifesto


Soccer is not only the most beautiful game in the world but also a powerful force to build bridges among people.

We use soccer to build an open community: a community open to people of any race, gender, status, religion, education, language, or other identity.

Soccer is based on fundamental values: fair play, teamwork, leadership, and discipline. Fair play means respect: respecting the rules, teammates, opponents, and referees. Teamwork means being part of something bigger: prioritizing collective over individual and helping the group to achieve the common goal. Leadership means responsibility: making decisions for the good of the group and taking risks for the group. Discipline means concentration, training, and health. Talent is never enough to win. No victory can be achieved without hard work. Playing soccer helps understand these values, and these values help make an open community.