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Off Limits

“Discrimination Off Limits” is a European Union-funded initiative addressing rising racism and social discrimination in football, particularly in Europe. Football, historically a unifier across cultures, is now marred by increasing incidents of aggression towards players and supporters from social minorities, with 54% of fans witnessing racial discrimination in stadiums. Additionally, online platforms exacerbate this issue; in Italy, a study revealed that a majority of sports-related Facebook posts attract hate speech comments. 

The project aims to equip football communication professionals with tools and knowledge to effectively combat racism and discrimination. It’s a collaboration between UrbanAct, SCI HELLAS, FARE NETWORK STICHTING, and CNR-IsMed. UrbanAct, known for the Offside Football Film Festival and social campaigns, leads the project, overseeing activities, financials, and logistics. CNR-IsMed, a research department of Italy’s National Research Council, contributes scientific guidance and research on football and social sciences. SCI HELLAS, part of the Service Civil International, brings stories of football’s role in civil society, while FARE Network coordinates research and story collection for sports communicators. The project underscores the need for diverse professionals in football communications to change the narrative around discrimination. 

Stories

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Start of the project

June 4, 2022/

Announcement of the start of the DISCRIMINATION OFF LIMITS project today. It will be a magnificent and rewarding adventure.  The…

Girls talk about football

June 4, 2022/

Six girls narrate their experiences in football, a sport dominated by males. They discuss challenges and joys, with their stories…

Cuore dentro alle scarpe

June 4, 2022/

A special football team celebrates players with autism and mental health issues, showcasing their journey and positive contributions to the…

Footballization

June 4, 2022/

An Italian cooperator connects with refugees in Lebanese camps through football. The documentary highlights the sport’s role in bridging cultural…

Liberi Nantes Football Club

June 8, 2022/

Italy’s first refugee football team’s story, focusing on their perilous Mediterranean journey and newfound camaraderie in football, symbolising hope and…

Due piedi sinistri

June 15, 2022/

Set in Rome, it revolves around Mirko and his unexpected interaction with Luana during a football game, exploring themes of…

The right to play

July 1, 2022/

The documentary spotlights Sant Ambroeus, a Milan-based grassroots football team made of migrants. It underlines their right to expression and…

Lebanon wins the world cup

July 8, 2022/

A film portraying reconciliation between two former enemies, exploring the brutality of war, the passion for Brazilian football, and the…

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The Racist Match

November 15, 2022/

Explores how a football match catalysed significant social change in Namibia, contributing to the downfall of apartheid and altering the…

Dream of a Teenager Refugee

September 14, 2022/

Chronicles the journey of Francis Kalombo, a 15-year-old refugee from Congo who became a professional footballer, achieving his childhood dream…

Carlos Alberto

September 1, 2022/

This article highlights Carlos Alberto’s pioneering role as the first mulatto player in the Brazilian league in the early 20th…

Bala-Patis

August 1, 2022/

Focuses on a social inclusion project in Athens, utilising a football field in a multicultural, economically challenged area to promote…

A Stateless Team

July 14, 2022/

Tells the story of a group of Kurdish refugees in Sweden who formed a football team in Borlänge, eventually rising…

Kit for sport professional

As part of our project a toolkit has been developed for sports communication professionals. The kit includes guidelines and best practices and is designed to address and manage discrimination within journalism and communication sectors.

Media Kit

Off Limits first official media kit for the project.