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At a time when hate speech is a fact and the intersection between politics and football is leading mostly adolescents to extremist political parties and to racism, a shift in the use of football, as a means to promote solidarity is more than ever imperative.

DIALECT (Disrupting polarIsAtion: buiLding communitiEs of toleranCe through fooTball), co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union (2014-2020), aims to bring together youth in four European countries, i.e. Greece, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, using football as a powerful tool to promote human rights and combat intolerance and xenophobia.
It will succeed in doing so by promoting community building through football and by forming a powerful network of change, bringing together adolescents, their parents, local sports professionals and pioneer football players. This way, the programme will bring changes in the local communities and promote the values of acceptance of others and solidarity.

Through this cooperation scheme, the ultimate goal is to play football in a different way, spreading the message of “Football for All: making extreme discourses irrelevant” and disseminating the principles of equality and active citizenship.

By playing community-building football, DIALECT will create poles of understanding in local level, empowering adolescents and youth to practice on their conflict resolution skills and promoting social cohesion through the developed capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other local entities.



Create collaborations

Aim of the project is to bring together adolescents of migrant and non-migrant background, CSO’s, Sports Associations, Municipal and Public Authorities and Youth Leaders, and create a strong collaboration network among them.


Involve adolescents

Young people living in four different countries will take part in the project, providing organizations with a better view on how they feel about football and perceive relevant behaviors with the specific sport.


Play Football for ALL

Adolescents will be playing football in a different way, using the innovative football3 methodology. The goal is to create a shift in the use of football, promoting equality and respect.


Build resilient communities

The values of active citizenship and solidarity will be spread across teams and countries promoting powerful networks of change and community building. And thus, strengthening those affected to become more resilient in the long run.

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What makes us different?

Adolescents, CSO's, Sports Associations, Municipal and Public Authorities, Youth leaders and members of the general public were involved in DIALECT.
Solidarity, the need for understanding and  the importance of  combating intolerance and xenophobia were spread.


Youth Leaders


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