Founded in 2014 in the Netherlands, the inception of EFDN goes back to the year 2007 and was based on the vision to find a manner, how European football could work in collaboration, share knowledge and experiences to tackle social issues.
The idea emerged that a shared platform would save time and financial resources in creating and implementing initiatives, programmes and activities for a common goal.
A process of travelling and visiting clubs all over Europe resulted in the first network meeting with four professional football clubs from three different countries, in 2012.
In the same year, the first EFDN conference was staged at Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal Football Club.
At the 2nd conference in Rotterdam, EFDN was officially founded by seven member clubs.
Since its formal establishment as an NGO under Dutch Law, the Network has grown steadily with currently counting 40 member clubs from 19 different countries that benefit from EFDN’s strategic partnerships with the UEFA Foundation for Children, the ECA, FARE, the European Union and numerous Football Associations and National Governing Bodies across Europe.
Since 2014, the European Football for Development Network has organised 8 conferences all over Europe. Events were hosted in London, Rotterdam, Cyprus, Manchester, Wolfsburg, Eindhoven, Glasgow and Lisbon. At all conferences key figures from the field of Community and Social Responsibility work in football came together to discuss trends and challenges in CSR in European football. The 9th conference edition will take place from 7th and 8th of November 2017 and will be hosted by Valerenga Football in Oslo.