The GSF exists to create reasonable opportunities for youth between the ages of 11 and 17 years, residing in countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central Europe, to use sport to help improve physical and mental health, reinforce positive social skills, and shield them from the temptation of drug use and juvenile delinquency.
The idea for the GSF emerged from running a couple of “football without borders” competitions for children from different countries, some of whom were from regions in which conflict had been taking place. Bringing those children together was an attempt to bridge the divide, to get them to take part in a sport together, and to have them find new respect for each other.
The lessons learned led to the creation of the GSF as a partnership between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Qatar Olympic Committee ( QOC), with the emphasis on building a drug prevention component into it.
The GSF has a zero tolerance policy toward the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.