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FIFA Fair Play Award

The FIFA Fair Play Award is a FIFA recognition of good or sporting behaviour or other actions by people or bodies involved in Association football around the world. First awarded in 1987, it has been presented to individuals (including posthumously), teams, fans, spectators, football associations/federations and even entire footballing communities. One or more awards are presented annually, with there being at least one recipient each year except in 1994, when no award was presented.


Year Winner Reason Notes
1987 Fans of Dundee United Fans' good behaviour towards winners UEFA Cup Final[1]
1988 Frank Ordenewitz Admitted handball in a penalty situation [b]
  Spectators of the 1988 Seoul Olympic football tournament
1989 Spectators of Trinidad and Tobago For their sporting behaviour in the face of a home loss to the United States in their final match in the 1989 CONCACAF Championship, when a draw would have seen the "Soca Warriors" through to the 1990 World Cup
1990 Gary Lineker For 15 years as a professional football player without a yellow or red card
1991 Royal Spanish Football Federation
1992 Belgian Football Association
1993 Nándor Hidegkuti
The Football Association of Zambia In memory of the 18 national team members, plus coaching and support staff, killed in a plane crash in April of that year, and in honour of the efforts of the reconstituted national team, which fell one goal short of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup.
1994 Not awarded
1995 Jacques Glassmann For revealing a bribery attempt
1996 George Weah
1997 Irish supporters For their exemplary behaviour, especially during the World Cup preliminary match against Belgium. [2][l]
Jozef Zovinec (Slovak amateur player) For 60 years of amateur football without receiving a yellow card
Julie Foudy For her efforts against child labor
1998 The United States Soccer Federation For the two countries' good sportsmanship surrounding the World Cup match between their teams, despite their mutual political tensions for nearly 20 years
The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran
The Irish Football Association of Northern Ireland
1999 New Zealand's football community
2000 Lucas Radebe For his work against racism
2001 Paolo Di Canio Takes ball out of play with his hands when goalkeeper Paul Gerrard was injured on the ground.
2002 Football communities of Japan and Korea Republic Demonstrating a spirit of brotherhood and sportsmanship by co-hosting the 2002 World Cup.
2003 Fans of Celtic For their exemplary behaviour in the days surrounding the 2003 UEFA Cup Final, in which Celtic played.
2004 Brazilian Football Confederation
2005 Community of Iquitos, Peru For their wholehearted support of the organisation of the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005, their exemplary behaviour to all participating teams, and their amazing contribution to football.[3]
2006   Fans of the 2006 World Cup.[4]
2007 FC Barcelona In recognition of the club's support for humanitarian causes and development programs that benefit children all over the world. [5]
2008 The Turkish Football Federation for "encouraging dialogue between two countries which otherwise do not have any form of diplomatic relationship."[6]
The Football Federation of Armenia
2009 Bobby Robson Posthumously awarded for the "gentlemanly qualities he showed throughout his career as a player and coach".[7]
2010 Haiti's U-17 women's national team For carrying on bravely "despite the worst kind of suffering, loss and pain following the devastating earthquake of January 2010."[8]
2011 Japan Football Association Had to endure many hardships following the earthquake which struck their country in March 2011, and during which many people lost their lives. The team showed great courage to make it to the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
2012 Uzbekistan Football Federation As a testament for the fair play displayed by Uzbek national teams and club sides participating in AFC competitions during the past year, with UFF President Mirabor Usmanov paying tribute to their performance.
2013 Afghanistan Football Federation For "dedication and hard work to develop football at the grassroots level" and "built the foundations for the game, nurturing a national league in the midst of violence and destruction."[9]


  • b – The Werder Bremen player admitted handball in the penalty area to the referee in a German League match against 1. FC Köln on 7 May 1988. Cologne went on to win the match 2–0.[10] The following year, he moved to Cologne.
  • l – Caroline Hanlon accepted on behalf of the supporters.[2]

In 2010 Football Association of Ireland refused the offer of a Fair Play award following the France v Rep of Ireland 2010 World Cup Play-off handball controversy. CEO of the Football Association called Sepp Blatter "an embarrassment to himself and an embarrassment to FIFA" for his handling and comments following the controversy.


  1. ^ Low, Dave. "Dundee Utd reach the UEFA Cup Final 1987". BBC Scotland. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "A Night of Records and Premieres".  
  3. ^ "FIFA Fair Play Award 2005 goes to the football community of Iquitos (Peru)". Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "FIFA Fair Play award goes to fans". FIFA. 
  5. ^ "Barcelona scoop FIFA Fair Play award". FIFA. 
  6. ^ "Fair Play for Armenia, Turkey".  
  7. ^ "Fair Play Award honours Robson" (Press release). FIFA. 21 December 2009. Archived from the original on 29 March 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Haiti's standard bearers show the way". FIFA. 
  9. ^ "'"FIFA Awards Afghanistan 'Fair Play Award For 2013. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  10. ^ "International Federations".  
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