Football with Sustainability


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Football Introduces Friendly Atmosphere

It’s time for a bicycle kick folks! FIFA is all set to give back to nature what truly belongs to it. Bending the ball strategically where it’s going to score for sustainability.

So, this time in Qatar the unseen yellow cards of nature’s infringement have been addressed well before the game began.

Go the distance without going the distance

An extremely compact tournament schedule has been chalked out which ensures that the matches are kept in close proximity, making it as sustainable as possible. Air travel and long-distance commute have been drastically cut down to save fuel consumption. Stadiums have been thoughtfully designed in close proximity so that travel via metro & bus systems is conveniently possible through these upgraded infrastructures. With some stretched imagination, one can dribble across with their ball to the next match!

No Fouls here!

According to research, sports fraternity contributes 0.3% -0.4% of the planet’s global emissions. It’s not a small figure keeping in mind that it’s a bigger carbon footprint than many small countries in its entirety! Football’s impact on climate change can’t be ignored and demand the sport’s community does more to help combat it. With 3 billion people having watched the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the power of football to influence cannot be understated.

Meet the Defender

Once Qatar won the toss, the country took up this responsibility seriously. The Ras Abu Aboud Stadium was designed as one of a kind in the world. It’s the only stadium that’s been built with a demountable strategy in mind! The stadium is made out of shipping containers and will be entirely dismantled & repurposed after the FIFA World Cup 2022.

The Red Cards

Improper waste disposal is another negative impact of sports games. Landfills need to be limited by diverting waste through composting and recycling. Volunteers need to be posted in order to educate on what should be recycled and what should be composted. Not to mention the introduction of solar panels to the stadium.

World Cup 2022 will score

Football has nearly four billion fans around the world! If all fans & footballers, in all levels of society, of all beliefs, cultures, and ages start using their voices, along with clubs, federations, and the media, we can play a green game!

Go green, but not with envy!

This is football of 2022…not the Shakespearean era! Sports have always been a great enabler of sustainable development. There’s a growing contribution of sport to peace, tolerance, education, and social inclusion objectives. Not to forget health too! We all remember when Cristiano Ronaldo removed a bottle of Coke during the European Championship, what a message it stirred up!

The vast positive power of World Cup 2022 will pitch in to bring people together, promoting a more inclusive and peaceful world through its universal values and principles. It is and will continue to be, one of the most versatile tools to promote United Nations values and achieve the SDGs.


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