Focus on Youth, Football & Alcohol

FYFA is a joint initiative aiming to reduce underage drinking and heavy episodic drinking among young people, as both strongly affect the health and welfare of Europe’s population.

Excluding tobacco and caffeine, alcohol is the psychoactive substance used most by young people in the European Union. Underage drinking and heavy episodic drinking of alcohol is of particular concern in Europe because it is related to the health and welfare of the population. A number of studies have linked alcohol use by young people to various problems, both short and long term.

Upcoming events
upcoming event

March 2018

Partner meeting Rome

Partner meeting includes Plenary lectures and Keynote lectures in addition to contributed papers both oral and poster presentations.



Work Package 1

WP1 will ensure communication between all project leaders and partners, monitor the project as it runs, organize meetings and conferences, and produce an interim and final report.

Work Package 2

WP 2 will produce communication materials containing information about alcohol policy and early intervention, as well as publicising FYFA and its objectives.

Work Package 3

WP3 will evaluate FYFA's implementation, using predefined objectives. Aspects identified as hindering or advancing implementation will be fed back to partners.

Work Package 4

WP4 will review policies and practices relating to young people, alcohol and international sport – and gather evidence of best practices.

Work Package 5

WP5 will review policies in Belgium, Finland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and the UK relating to young people, alcohol and sport.

Work Package 6

WP6 will review local policies and practices related to young people, sport, and alcohol in six local youth sports clubs in six Member States – Belgium, Finland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and the UK.

Work Package 7

WP7 will conduct semi-structured interviews with 4 young men and 4 young women each from 6 Member States about alcohol and reducing alcohol-related risks and harms.

Work Package 8

WP8 will see the production of a video summarising the interviews conducted in Finland, Italy and the UK.

Work Package 9

WP9 will promote the exchange of knowledge and good practices between and within European countries, and to raise awareness of alcohol related harm amongst policy-makers.

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Latest news


FYFA Kick Off meeting took place on the 4th and 5th September 2017 at the CHAFEA office in Luxembourg.

Participants were welcomed by CHAFEA and presented the mission and activity of CHAFEA. DG SANTE updated on a few topics regarding alcohol policy. European Commission is changing to a more horizontal approach. It is at the same time reminding Member States that health lies within their area of responsibility, however, EC will be helping MS to reach the WHO targets that they have signed up to.

Project Coordinator outlined the objectives, aims, work packages (WP) of the project. She emphasised her enthusiasm for the project in gathering new information in area that has not been touched upon before: young people and sport clubs. It is a very practical project ‘hands-on’ which should be easily used and spread across the EU. A draft consortium agreement was sent in advance of the meeting.

All work package leaders presented their plans on way forward.


Update Revision audiovisual media service directive (AVMSD)

The most important point for alcohol and public health is regarding the Recitals.

These mention that legislative backstops are important for compliance and that self or co-regulatory codes should establish targets, independent monitoring and graduated sanctions.

Also mentioned is the fact that reference nutritional guidelines and models exist and that Member States should reduce children’s exposure to alcohol advertising – with prohibition of product placement in programmes with a significant children’s audience.


Final toolkit

Final conference





co-funded by health programme

Co-funded by the Scottish Government

co-funded by Scottish Government