The football3 for respect Trainer Manual is available in English, Spanish, FrenchPortuguesePolish and Greek and Turkish


About the Trainer Manual


Over half of the 120 plus organisations in the streetfootballworld network use some form of football3 and it forms an integral part of all streetfootballworld festivals, including the festivals held during the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups. In 2017 alone, over 100 000 young people were reached through football3.

Extensive online resources exist to disseminate football3. The introductory football3 handbook is available in print and online in multiple languages. Along with the handbook, the football3 website – – provides access to match forms, a tournament creator, an online resource library, and the latest news.

Through this dissemination, football3 has steadily grown throughout the world and our network. As the method has become increasingly used, football3 experts have emerged. These experts have deep experience in designing and delivering football3 programmes, and have dealt with the realities of football3 first-hand. This trainer manual is, therefore, the next logical step in the evolution of football3. This manual presents a validated approach to help further disseminate the football3 method. Developed and tested by other network members, this manual provides clear guidelines and tips on how to successfully train future football3 mediators and implementers.


The Trainer Manual has been created in the framework of the project "football3 for respect" and was made possible thanks to Erasmus+ funding. The content was developed by streetfootballworld in cooperation with 13 project partners: Albion in the Community (UK), AssociaĆ§Ć£o CAIS (Portugal), Balon Mundial (Italy), FundaciĆ³n Red Deporte (Spain), MSIS - Mlodziezowe Stowarzyszenie Inicjatyw Sportowych (Poland), FARE Network (Europe), INEX - Association for Voluntary Activities / Fotbal pro Rozvoj (Czech Republic), Oltalom Sport Association (Hungary), RheinFlanke (SARI (Ireland), Sport4Life UK (UK), Sport Against Racism Ireland (Ireland), Sport dans la Ville (France), University of Shumen (Bulgaria).


Purpose of the manual

The purpose is to provide a comprehensive, step-by-step outline in order to assist trainers in delivering football3 training for future mediators and implementers. Therefore, this manual outlines a framework to present the different components of football3 in a logical, coherent order. These different components are divided into four sections and each section is its own self-contained lesson. Valuable additional resources, including tips, programme examples, activities, and information, are also included in the manual.



How to use the manual


This manual is meant to be used by trainers who have experience and knowledge in delivering football3 matches and programmes.


Trainers delivering this manual should have experience both participating in and delivering football3 sessions and possess an understanding of the unique needs of their community. They should have the ability to communicate clearly, listen attentively, and be able to facilitate learning in an open, dynamic and interactive way for a group of young adults.

This manual is divided into four sections, each of which functions as its own self-contained session. Depending on the skills and background of your respective participants, you are free to use only the sections most relevant to your context. Each of the sections reflects parts of the football3 handbook and your participants can use the football3 handbook as a reference. The pages of the relevant sections are indicated in each section.


Each session is divided into nine sub-sections and, in the spirit of football3, the main content is separated into ‘three halves’. The first half provides a chance to introduce and discuss the content of the session, the second half allows for the practical implementation of that content through interactive exercises and games, and the third half features a reflection on the content, as well as an opportunity to wrap up the session. Each section includes educational tips and suggestions for potential extension activities to explore a topic in greater depth.

As the participants are being trained to mediate and implement football3, they should be somewhat older, ideally between the ages of 16 and 30, though older participants are welcome as well. The participants should also have some experience in leading a group or delivering lessons, though, not necessarily with football3. Football skills, however, are irrelevant. For best results, there should be no more than 12 participants for one trainer or 24 participants for two trainers. Bigger groups are more challenging to manage and the participants are not likely to get the attention or input required to get the most out of the training sessions. Ideally, participants should also have an equal gender1 balance.