FIFA Fair Play Award

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Not to be confused with the FIFA Fair Play Trophy awarded at FIFA World Cups.

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 Scotland Fans of Dundee United Fans' good behaviour towards winners IFK Göteborg in UEFA Cup Final[1]
1988 Germany Frank Ordenewitz Admitted handball in a penalty situation [b]
  Spectators of the 1988 Seoul Olympic football tournament
1989 Trinidad and Tobago 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 England Gary Lineker For 15 years as a professional football player without a yellow or red card
1991 Spain Royal Spanish Football Federation
Brazil Jorginho
1992 Belgium Belgian Football Association
1993 Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti
Zambia 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 France Jacques Glassmann For revealing a bribery attempt
1996 Liberia George Weah
1997 Republic of Ireland Irish supporters For their exemplary behaviour, especially during the World Cup preliminary match against Belgium. [2][l]
Slovakia Jozef Zovinec (Slovak amateur player) For 60 years of amateur football without receiving a yellow card
United States Julie Foudy For her efforts against child labor
1998 United States 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
Iran The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran
Northern Ireland The Irish Football Association of Northern Ireland
1999 New Zealand New Zealand's football community
2000 South Africa Lucas Radebe For his work against racism
2001 Italy Paolo Di Canio Takes ball out of play with his hands when goalkeeper Paul Gerrard was injured on the ground.
2002 JapanSouth Korea Football communities of Japan and Korea Republic Demonstrating a spirit of brotherhood and sportsmanship by co-hosting the 2002 World Cup.
2003 Scotland Fans of Celtic For their exemplary behaviour in the days surrounding the 2003 UEFA Cup Final, in which Celtic played.
2004 Brazil Brazilian Football Confederation
2005 Peru 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 Spain FC Barcelona In recognition of the club's support for humanitarian causes and development programs that benefit children all over the world. [5]
2008 Turkey The Turkish Football Federation for "encouraging dialogue between two countries which otherwise do not have any form of diplomatic relationship."[6]
Armenia The Football Federation of Armenia
2009 England Bobby Robson Posthumously awarded for the "gentlemanly qualities he showed throughout his career as a player and coach".[7]
2010 Haiti 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 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 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 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]
2014 2014 FIFA World Cup volunteers


  • 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". FIFA. 24 February 1998. Retrieved 19 October 2008. 
  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". FIFA. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  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" (PDF). LA84 Foundation. p. 100. Retrieved 19 October 2008.