FIFA Fair Play Award

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The FIFA Fair Play Award is a FIFA recognition of exemplary behaviour that promotes the spirit of fair play and compassion 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.

Ball boys in Banadir Stadium, Somalia, holding a FIFA Fair Play banner.


Year Winners Reason Ref
1987   Dundee United's fans Fans' good behaviour towards winners IFK Göteborg in the UEFA Cup Final.
1988   Frank Ordenewitz Sporting behaviour in admitting handball in a penalty situation in a match between 1. FC Köln and Werder Bremen. [b]
  Spectators of the 1988 Seoul Olympic football tournament Fans leaving a lasting impression with their sporting and composed behaviour.
1989   Trinidadian and Tobagonian supporters Sporting behaviour despite home loss to the United States in their final match in the 1989 CONCACAF Championship.
1990   Gary Lineker Entire 16-year career as a professional football player without a yellow or red card.
1991   Royal Spanish Football Federation Exemplary way the government, media, schools, artists and sponsors were all involved in fair play activities.
  Jorginho Unique career and model behaviour both on and off the field.
1992   Royal Belgian Football Association Promoting fair play with its campaign "Football in Peace" and aid project "Casa Hogar" in Toluca, Mexico.
1993   Nándor Hidegkuti Honoured for his model behaviour as a player and coach.
  Football Association of Zambia Efforts of the reconstituted national team in the wake of 1993 Zambia national team air disaster.
1994 Not awarded
1995   Jacques Glassmann Courageous attitude as whistleblower in the Valenciennes and Marseille bribery case.
1996   George Weah Demonstrating his true love for the game and projecting the message of Fair Play to the widest possible public.
1997   Irish supporters Exemplary behaviour, especially during the World Cup preliminary match against Belgium. [l]
  Jozef Žovinec (Slovak amateur player) 60 years of amateur football without receiving a yellow card.
  Julie Foudy Efforts against child labour.
1998   United States Soccer Federation Sportsmanship surrounding their 1998 FIFA World Cup match, despite mutual political tensions for nearly 20 years.
  Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran
  Irish Football Association Efforts to reunite the Catholic and Protestant communities, in a match in Belfast between Cliftonville and Linfield.
1999   New Zealand's football community Efforts towards making the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship a resounding success.
2000   Lucas Radebe Working with children in South Africa and commitment to the fight against racism in football.
2001   Paolo Di Canio Taking ball out of play with his hands, when opposing goalkeeper Paul Gerrard was injured on the ground.
2002   Korea Football Association Demonstrating a spirit of brotherhood and sportsmanship by co-hosting the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
  Japan Football Association
2003   Celtic's Fans Exemplary behaviour in the 2003 UEFA Cup Final, despite Celtic losing 3–2 in extra-time to Porto.
2004   Brazilian Football Confederation Recognition of the "Match for Peace" played by the national teams of Brazil and Haiti,
where tickets were offered in exchange for guns.
2005   Community of Iquitos, Peru Wholehearted support of the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, and contribution to football.
2006   Fans of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Fans' fair play, mutual respect, and special atmosphere created inside and outside the stadiums.
2007   Barcelona Rejecting lucrative shirt sponsorship deals and instead carrying the UNICEF logo.
2008   Turkish Football Federation Encouraging dialogue between two countries which otherwise do not have any form of diplomatic relationship.
  Football Federation of Armenia
2009   Bobby Robson Posthumously awarded for commitment to fair play shown throughout his career as a player and coach.
2010   Haiti women's national under-17 football team Enduring hardships in wake of 2010 Haiti earthquake.
2011   Japan Football Association Enduring hardships in wake of 2011 Japan earthquake, while winning the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
2012   Uzbekistan Football Association Showing that fair play and competition are not mutually exclusive but complement each other.
2013   Afghanistan Football Federation Solidarity in football against all odds through the after-effects of war, disorder and conflict.
2014         World Cup volunteers Their work, tireless support, enthusiasm, and passion for the game as demonstrated
at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, and 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.
2015 All football organisations supporting refugees Working to support refugees in the face of conflict. Accepted on their behalf by Gerald Asamoah, who campaigns for the welfare of refugees.
2016   Atlético Nacional Requested CONMEBOL to award Chapecoense with the 2016 Copa Sudamericana title after the LaMia Flight 2933 crash.
2017   Francis Koné Saved the life of an opponent by administering on-pitch first aid after a collision.
2018   Lennart Thy Missed an Eredivisie match for VVV Venlo against PSV Eindhoven to donate blood for a recipient
in urgent need of matching stem cells for leukaemia treatment.
2019   Marcelo Bielsa After Leeds United scored while Aston Villa had an injured player on the pitch, Leeds United allowed Aston Villa to score unopposed.
  Leeds United
2020   Mattia Agnese Administered critical first aid to an opponent who lost consciousness following an on-field collision.
2021   Denmark national team and medical staff Administered critical CPR and protected Christian Eriksen during the UEFA Euro 2020 group stage match versus Finland
2022   Luka Lochoshvili Saving the life of Georg Teigl after he collapsed during a match.
2023   Brazil national team In a friendly against Guinea in June 2023, the Seleção swapped their traditional yellow jerseys for an all-black kit in an anti-racism statement.


  • 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.
  • l – Caroline Hanlon accepted on behalf of the supporters.

In 2010 the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) refused the offer of a Fair Play award following the France and Republic of Ireland 2010 World Cup Play-offs handball controversy. CEO of the FAI John Delaney called FIFA President Sepp Blatter "an embarrassment to himself and an embarrassment to FIFA" for his handling and comments following the controversy.


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