OFFS for children in Serbia

OFFS for children in Serbia
Children playing football at the OFFS in Serbia

Serbia is a very important player in the Balkan region and correspondingly Serbia is also a very important player in the regional Open Fun Football Schools (OFFS) network. Cross Cultures works to enhance a cross-sectorial governance structure for building network and a coordinated dialogue-based cooperation between civil society organisations and the public sector in the field of juvenile crime prevention.

Focusing on younger children in Serbia

Furthermore, OFFS in Serbia is focusing on younger children below 10 years, and the promotion of girls’ football. Serbia is located in Western Balkan in Southern/Central Europe. The country was a federal unit in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, but became independent following the collapse of the federation in 1992. Serbia subsequently formed a union with Montenegro, which collapsed in 2006, when Montenegro declared independence. 

From 1991 until 1995 Serbia was involved in a number of the so-called Yugoslav Wars:

  • The Croatian War of Independence (1991-95), where Croatia fought to maintain sovereignty over its territories from Serb separatists in the rebel entity known as the Republic of Serbian Krajina.
  • The Bosnian War (1991-95) where forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina were led and supplied by Serbia and Croatia respectively
  • The Kosovo War (1998-99), an armed conflict fought between Serbian forces and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)

Bringing together children in Serbia

The Humanitarian Law Center estimates that in the conflicts in former Yugoslav republics at least 130,000 people lost their lives. Many people lost family and friends and many people still carry suspicion and animosity against other ethnic groups. 

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) estimates that there are around 97,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Serbia as of May 2015. IDPs fled Kosovo and Metohija in the wake of the 1999 NATO bombing campaign that led to the withdrawal of Serbian security forces. 

Cross Cultures focuses on bringing children in Serbia of different ethnicity together at the Open Fun Football Schools promoting peace and reconciliation. 

Reports from the OFFS in Serbia

Latest news from OFFS in Serbia

Facts about Serbia

Total population: 7,176,794 (July 2015 est.)

Share of children and youth under 25: 26.2%

Youth unemployment: 49.5% (2015)

Share of women in the labour market: 43.8%

Refugee population: 97,000 people (2015, incl. idps)   

Football players (registered/unregistered): 132,182/309,500

Female players: 2,125

Clubs: 2,096

Clubs with women’s teams: 28

Our work in the country 1998-2016

First year CCPA worked in the country: 2001

Main focus areas: IDP, minorities, integration, SSP

Sponsors: UEFA

Football clubs established: 263

Children involved: 51,858

Football Festivals: 393

Children attended: 53,913

Results 2015

Open Fun Football Schools conducted: 10

Children attended Open Fun Football Schools: 1,560

Volunteers involved: -

Volunteers educated: - 

Parents involved: 411

Parents’ workshops conducted: 31

Fun Festivals conducted: -

Children attended Fun Festivals: -

Number of municipalities Cross Cultures is present in: 13

Local schools involved: 20

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