What the German football Association is doing for the development of Amateur football? (part 1)
How does Amateur football look to the future? How can and should associations support clubs? As it creates the Foundation for opportunities that had Germany as the host country Евро2024? These are the key issues that will be addressed at the 3rd Amateur football Congress from 22 to 24 February 2019 in Kassel. In the run-up to the event, the question arises of what the German football Union (DFB) is actually doing for the masses and what role Amateur football plays. This tells fussball.de.
HOW DOES GERMAN FOOTBALL WORK?
The structure of German football resembles a pyramid. At the top is the national team, supported by a huge base of about 7.1 million members and 24,800 clubs. They are distributed among 21 state (municipal) associations, which in turn are assigned to five regional associations. For the DFB and its national associations, it is a systematic work week by week to enable almost 155,000 teams to play.
During the season in Germany it is planned to organize 1.5 million football matches, up to 80,000 games are held weekly. Schedules must be created, calendars drawn up, judges appointed. 2.3 million players and more than 52,000 referees took an active part in the 2017/2018 season.
Management games, exercises DFBnet (special portal – control system), games, and all national competitions are displayed on fussball.de – Amateur football portal managed by the DFB, as well as on portals and websites of the regional associations.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF AMATEUR FOOTBALL FOR THE DFB?
Huge. Football clubs are the Foundation, the home of football. This is a source of football enthusiasm, it is in Amateur clubs and teams that conditions are created for the successful existence of professional football of the highest level with all its industry, media and fans.
Every small or big football career starts in an Amateur club. Anyone who does not care about the survival of grassroots football clubs and the promotion of talent at a young age jeopardizes the success of football in the long run. Therefore, professional football and Amateur football depend on each other. Solidarity with each other is therefore crucial.
Guests of the Amateur football Congress-head coaches of the German men’s and women’s national teams Joachim Lev and Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
WHAT PUBLIC ATTENTION IS PAID TO AMATEURS?
Among other things, of course, fussball.de is the home of Amateur football. More than 300 million visitors and nearly 4.5 billion clicks last year not only set a record – these figures impressively show how great the interest in Amateur football is.
In addition, the portal in 2016 was recognized as the most popular site of the year in the category “Sport”. fussball.de – the conductor of the Amateur football on the Internet with the app and three accounts in social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and devoted exclusively to the events among the large army of fans – from the municipal to the regional leagues, from children to veterans.
The Amateur football promo campaign “Our Amateurs are real professionals” is an important DFB project for club football and the people who organize and support teams on the ground. The campaign aims to pay the tribute they deserve to 1.7 million volunteer volunteers. This allows the main characters of Amateur football to gain recognition, attention and work. The project illustrates the social power of Amateur football – for example, in topics such as integration, fair play and value mediation. In addition, special events such as” the last day of Amateurs ” attract increased attention to Amateur football across the country.
HOW MANY DFB INVESTS IN AMATEUR FOOTBALL?
Overall, the DFB and its regional associations invest about 120 million euros a year in Amateur football – as far as the Charter allows, as direct support, but, in fact, in the form of services for the Union’s constituent associations. To this should be added the work of about 10,000 volunteers across the country who work in state associations and football circles.
On the other hand, Amateur clubs are charged fees of about 39.5 million euros in the form of contributions, payments for certain services or fines. These fees are not paid to DFB, but to state associations and municipal districts. As a result, Amateur football clubs contribute about 30 percent to the budgets of 21 States and five regional associations. Thus, the net annual budget of non-profit football associations is about 80.5 million euros and shows the extent to which Amateur clubs benefit from it.
AS IT SUPPORTS THE DFB AMATEUR FOOTBALL?
The organization of the gameplay is controlled by the Federal system DFB, and the main tasks are implemented by associations and their units in the districts and districts. The task of the DFB is to help national and regional associations develop, create synergies, reduce costs and expenses, give impetus and provide coordinating support for the further development of Amateur and grassroots football.
The financial costs of Amateur football do not include those DFB funds from which clubs benefit from innovations in the management of games and the organization of the club’s activities. Using the tools of the DFBnet system, such as online applications, booking venues and venues for the games, the appointment of judges, the control of confirming or blocking matches, the management of clubs is conveniently carried out online.
Organized football is also cheap because DFB and associations provide many services and thus support clubs. In addition, the DFB successfully promotes mass football at the political level, which contributes to the improvement of clubs and football in General. Examples include an amendment to the noise control Ordinance on sports facilities or the voluntary empowerment Act.
At the DFB Bundestag in Erfurt in November 2016, it was decided to increase direct financial support to regional associations from the current five to eight million euros in the future. These funds will go to charity projects in the field.
In addition, DFB is funding other projects at the grassroots level:
* Projects of master classes in Amateur football (for example, club communication)
* Training for ” Junior assistant coaches»
• Digital services (including fussball.de, Training and Service, DFBnet)
* Girls ‘ and women’s football
• Football camps DFB-Stiftung from Egidius brown
* Qualification events for clubs, staff and coaches
• Support program DFB talent (the system of accumulation of points DFB)
* Bonus system for Amateur clubs, teaching children and juniors
* Elite football school.