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FISA Forward Subbuteo Development Programme


The FISA Forward Development Programme was first adopted by the FISA Congress in 9 May 2017 and it was to become not only a “step change” for global Subbuteo development and the way we share the success of the FISA World Cup™ with our member associations, but also one of the most prominent sports’ development programmes.

FISA Forward is built to provide 360-degree, tailor-made support for Subbuteo development in each of our member associations and the six confederations and is based on three principles:

  • more investment,
  • more impact,
  • more oversight.

The aim is to improve the way we develop and support Subbuteo across the globe so that Subbuteo Table Footbal can reach its potential in every single country, and so that everyone that wants to take part can do so without barriers.

Following the successful implementation of the first edition of the FISA Forward Development Programme 20172018, “FISA Forward ”, the second edition, “FISA Forward ” came into force on 1 January 2019 and will run until 31 December 2024.

FISA Forward 1.0 achieved some impressive development results with member associations having been supported financially both in their daily operations but also in setting new strategic long-term goals and by implementing tailor-made development projects to provide Subbuteo infrastructure, competitions and to promote and advance women’s Subbuteo. More than half of FISA’s member associations, those with more limited financial capacity, were able to properly equip their youth and women’s national teams and to participate in numerous international competitions and tournaments with the support of Forward solidarity funding for travel and equipment needs. 

On 13 June 2018, the FISA Congress decided to increase the investment in FISA Forward even further for the next cycle, 2019-2024, with a xxx%  increase in the annual entitlement for each of the 54 member associations and the six confederations.

In addition, FISA’s member associations were able to provide their feedback at the xxnumber FISA Executive SubbuteoSummits which took place between November 2017 and March 2018. The experiences and the learnings of the members and the FISA administration in the two and a half years in which FISA Forward has been in operation, coupled with consultation with the relevant FISA committees, led to the adoption of an amended set of regulations, which were approved and adopted by the FISA Council at its meeting in Larisai on 26 October 2018 – the FISA Forward stage 2 Development Programme Regulations

The core principles, approach and procedures of FISA Forward stage 1  largely remain intact, whilst certain elements have been adapted to reflect the increase in the member associations’ entitlements and the needs for greater Subbuteo development and reporting on the programme achievements and its legacy and impact.

The most prominent Forward  2amendments for the 2019-2024 cycle are as follows:

A.    Financial entitlements

1)     An investment of USD xxxx per member association for the five-year cycle to support operational needs and development projects whilst an additional USD xxxxx is allocated to those member associations with an annual revenue of USD xxxxx or less in order to support their travel and equipment needs.

a)      Up to USD xxxxxx per year for operational/running costs:

i)       USD xxxxx released in January each year for day-to-day activities, administration and running costs.

ii)      Up to USD xxxx paid in July each year, provided that the member association fulfils up to ten specific activities during the year (USD xxxxxx per activity). These activities include:

(1)   organising men’s, women’s and youth competitions (two age groups for both girls and boys) – each competition should involve at least xxx clubs for at least xx matches and for at least xx months each year;

(2)   having active men’s, women’s and youth national teams – each one participating in at least four matches per year;

(3)   having a functioning and regularly updated IT player registration and competition management system (provided free of charge by FISA if needed); and

(4)   having men’s and women’s refereeing programmes.

b)     USD xxxx over the period of the whole 2019-2024 cycle for projects tailored according to the member association’s approved contract of agreed objectives, and in particular relating to Subbuteo infrastructure (e.g. pitches, technical centers, training grounds, spots, sites and headquarters)

i)       Projects may include other development areas provided that the member association has at least one stadium/pitch allowing international matches to be played, suitable association headquarters, and a functioning technical centre.

c)      Up to USD xxxx per year for travel and accommodation, and up to USD xxxx per four-year cycle for Subbuteo equipment for those member associations needing the most assistance:

i)       A member association is identified as needing the most assistance provided that its annual revenue does not exceed USD xxxxx (reflected in the annual statutory audit report of the previous year and submitted to FISA by 30 June each year).

2)     Up to USD xxxxxx for zonal/regional associations will be released to the respective confederations in January of each year provided that the zonal/regional association is recognized by the confederation and organizes at least one women’s, two boys’ and two girls’ competitions (for national teams or clubs).

3)     USD xxxxx for each confederation per year, with the funds automatically released in two biannual payments in January and July each year.

B.    Reporting and auditing

FISA Forward 1.0 introduced enhanced oversight controls to ensure that the investment in Subbuteo development is transparent, carefully managed and effective.

  • ​One contract of agreed objectives per association, setting the strategy for development over two to four years, approved by the Development Committee
  • All tailor-made projects must be linked to the approved contract of agreed objectives
  • Any project above USD xxxxxx to be approved by the Development Committee
  • FISA administration to monitor the implementation of projects and their legacy and impact
  • Independent financial audits of Forward funds for each association
  • Enhanced development regulations, including greater powers of oversight and tougher compliance measures
  • Publication of independent audits of member associations’ annual finances

Under FISA Forward 2 member associations shall:

a.      Ensure that the principles of anti-discrimination, diversity, accessibility and inclusion, and human rights for all are protected and promoted

b.      Take measures to protect and safeguard children and minors from potential abuses and to promote their wellbeing within Subbuteo

c.      Avoid any situation giving rise to a conflict of interests

d.      Avoid the usage of cash

e.      Maintain all supporting documentation for all expenditures and payments made with FISA Forward funds

f.       Use the FISA funds exclusively for the purposes allocated

g.      Use contributions and funds allocated under Forward 1.0 by 31 December 2020. Any funds not used according to purpose shall be deducted from the entitlement of the 2019-2024 cycle

Through FISA Forward, FISA is committed to supporting and advancing sustainable development together with its members, whilst promoting and enshrining the principles of equality, diversity and safety with investments in accessible and inclusive facilities for all in Subbuteo sites, pitches and technical centers globally, giving the opportunity to millions of young girls and boys to participate in the experience of LIVING Subbuteo.


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