Teaming up for A Conscious Kick for the Legacy of Environment

LIFE TACKLE is an international project co-funded by EU LIFE programme aiming at improving the environmental management of football matches and the overall level of awareness and attention towards environmental issues in the football sector.

Between 2018 and 2021, best practices on environmental management will be collected and tested in different stadiums across Europe and information exchanged among NFAs to guide their implementation.

Who we are

Members of the consortium

1. Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies - Lead Applicant (Italy)
2. ACR+ (Belgium)
3. AMIU Genova S.p.A. (Italy)
5. Italian National Football Association (Italy)
6. Romanian National Football Association (Romania)
7. Lipor (Portugal)
8. Swedish National Football Association (Sweden)

The project will be implemented in more than 6 countries as more national football associations will implement the guidelines developed by LIFE TACKLE as the project proceeds. Strong contacts with EURO 2020 organisers will be maintained to share with them the LIFE TACKLE results and help them better manage waste during the European Championship.

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What we do

The world of Football is very actively promoting several aspects related to sustainability, such as anti-discrimination and accessibility / disability. However, environmental issues such as waste management, mobility, energy consumption, water consumption, green procurement, lightening, fans environmental awareness and environmental management system of football associations and clubs are today offering strong improvement margins and opportunities.

To respond to this challenge, the Institute of Management of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) has been awarded, together with UEFA and additional 7 international partners, a new EU project: TACKLE (Teaming up for a conscious kick for the Legacy of Environment), co-funded by the LIFE Environmental Governance and Information programme of the European Commission.

The project, implemented between 2018 and 2021, will increase awareness of environmental management in football stadiums in order to reduce waste during football events and tackle other environmental issues linked to such events, including energy consumption and transportation. To achieve this, national football associations will be involved together with their supporters.

The stadiums and football clubs actively involved in the adoption of environmental practices with the support of Life Tackle project are:

Stadium Capacity
1 Luigi Ferraris (Genoa, Italy) 36,600
2 Olimpico (Rome, Italy) 70,634
3 Paolo Mazza (Ferrara, Italy) 16,134
4 Renzo Barbera (Palermo, Italy) 36,365
5 Arena Națională (Bucharest, Romania) 55,634
6 Anghel Iordănescu (Voluntari, Romania) 4,600
7 Tele2 Arena (Stockholm, Sweden) 35,000
8 Friends Arena (Solna, Sweden) 50,653
9 Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland) 51,700
10 Estadio Benito Villamarín (Seville, Spain) 60,720
11 Stadium Roi Baudoin (Brussels, Belgium) 50,093
12 Estádio do Dragão (Porto, Portugal) 52,033

In addition to the abovementioned stadiums and clubs, the following entities have been involved in LIFE Tackle in different activities:

Additionally, the project involves external entities in a Replicability Management Board (RMB). The main aim of the RMB is to assess and monitor the replicability potential of TACKLE activities, validating its outputs and deliverables under the replicability perspective. The external entities composing the board are:

This list is not definitive nor closed: other relevant organisations interested in LIFE TACKLE or to join the RMB are encouraged to ask for it.

Scuola Superiore Sant ACR+ AMIU Genova SpA EURACTIV Italian National Football Association Romanian National Football Association Lipor Swedish National Football Association