LIFE TACKLE - Teaming-up for A Conscious Kick for the Legacy of Environment

LIFE17 GIE/IT/000611

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Contact details:

Contact person: Tiberio DADDI
Tel: +39050883971
Email: t.daddi@sssup.it

Project description:


A huge volume of waste is generated during football matches, a problem that becomes particularly acute at the biggest matches and international tournaments (UEFA Champions League, EURO 2016, World Cup etc.), which attract thousands and thousands of people. The average European football match generates 0.8 kg of waste per spectator, which corresponds to 4.2 tonnes of waste per match. When all matches organised by Europe’s national football associations are taken into account, the overall waste generation is an estimated 750 000 tonnes per year. So far, none of the national football associations has a waste prevention or recycling strategy.


LIFE TACKLE aims to show a red card to poor environmental management governance by national football associations (NFA) and both organisational and operational level. It will also raise fans’ awareness of waste disposal and recycling in order to reduce the amount of waste generated by football matches. This will involve preparing guidelines for three national football associations – Italy, Romania and Sweden, so that they are informed about relevant waste legislation and trained to implement and share best practice. The project will develop and implement communication campaigns to increase awareness on waste issues among football clubs, football fan clubs, supporters, stadium and sport facilities staff, also by deploying the influence of clubs and famous football players. It will work with UEFA to establish a replicability management board and build ties with the organisers of UEFA EURO 2020, so as to share results during that tournament, by involving another four national football associations. In addition to social media, the project will use advanced communication techniques such as display panels in stadiums, messages on tickets and vox pop fan videos at matches to disseminate its waste prevention message to football supporters.

LIFE TACKLE is in line with the goals set by the Waste Framework Directive and the Circular Economy Package.

Expected results:

  • Best practices related to waste management in sports events identified;
  • Governance on waste management issues and a common waste measurement system established for three participating national football associations. Each of these associations will collect data on waste generated by matches in their national leagues and cup competitions;
  • Establishment of common green procurement criteria to be inserted into contracts with key goods and service providers;
  • Establishment of common monitoring and continuous improvement management systems aimed at reducing waste generated at football matches;
  • Guidelines applied in at least 10 stadiums among the national football associations involved in the project. Training and organisation of 250 actors and staff in the stadiums;
  • Project results and tools replicated in at least four additional national football associations, to be selected among a list of available UEFA candidates which includes: the football associations of Ireland, Belgium, Germany, NFA Hungary, Netherlands, Russia and Azerbaijan;



Environmental issues addressed:


Waste - Waste reduction - Raw material saving


sport facility‚  environmental education‚  environmental impact of recreation‚  waste management‚  environmental awareness‚  waste recycling‚  waste reduction‚  environmental management‚  environmental law‚  resource conservation

Target EU Legislation

  • Waste
  • COM(2015)614 - "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" (02.12.2015)
  • Directive 75/442/EEC -"Waste framework directive" (15.07.1975)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Type of organisation Research institution
Description The sustainability management research group (SuM) is part of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'anna), a public university in Pisa, Italy. SuM aims to combine knowledge of business management and policymaking with sustainability principles, through scientific research and empirical investigation.
Partners AMIU Genova SpA, Italy EURACTIV.COM PLC, United Kingdom ACR+ - Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management, Belgium Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio, Italy Svenska Fotbollförbundet, Sweden LIPOR – INTERMUNICIPAL WASTE MANAGEMENT OF GREATER PORTO, Portugal Federația Română de Fotbal, Romania


Project reference LIFE17 GIE/IT/000611
Duration 01-SEP-2018 to 30-SEP -2021
Total budget 1,947,117.00 €
EU contribution 1,167,266.00 €
Project location Vlaams Gewest(België - Belgique) Région Wallonne(België - Belgique) Bruxelles-Brussel(België - Belgique) Piemonte(Italia) Valle d'Aosta(Italia) Liguria(Italia) Lombardia(Italia) Trentino-Alto Adige(Italia) Veneto(Italia) Friuli-Venezia Giulia(Italia) Emilia-Romagna(Italia) Toscana(Italia) Umbria(Italia) Marche(Italia) Lazio(Italia) Campania(Italia) Abruzzo(Italia) Molise(Italia) Puglia(Italia) Basilicata(Italia) Calabria(Italia) Sicilia(Italia) Sardegna(Italia) Norte(Portugal) Centro(Portugal) Lisboa e vale do Tejo(Portugal) Alentejo(Portugal) Algarve(Portugal) Açores(Portugal) Madeira(Portugal) Associated Romania(Romania) Nord-Vest(Romania) Centru(Romania) Nord-Est(Romania) Sud-Est(Romania) Sud-Muntenia(Romania) Bucureşti-Ilfov(Romania) Sud-Vest Oltenia(Romania) Vest(Romania) Stockholm(Sverige) Östra Mellansverige(Sverige) Småland med Öarna(Sverige) Sydsverige(Sverige) Västsverige(Sverige) Norra Mellansverige(Sverige) Mellersta Norrland(Sverige) Övre Norrland(Sverige) Baltic Sea Sverige (S)(Sverige) North(United Kingdom) Yorkshire and Humberside(United Kingdom) East Midlands(United Kingdom) East Anglia(United Kingdom) South East (UK)(United Kingdom) South West (UK)(United Kingdom) West Midlands(United Kingdom) North West (UK)(United Kingdom) Wales(United Kingdom) Scotland(United Kingdom) Northern Ireland(United Kingdom) Gibraltar(United Kingdom)


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