France’s national football teams have adopted a new environmentally conscious policy. In line with a national ban on plane travel to destinations reachable within 3 hours by train, football teams will now travel by train too.
As the world warms up as a result of several decades of human inaction, people everywhere are finally being asked to change their behaviour – and yes, that includes professional footballers.
It’s been announced that national football teams in France will travel to away games by train whenever a match is held within a travel distance of 3 hours by train. This is thanks to a new green policy put in place by the French Football Federation (FFF) with the aim of reducing the sport’s contributions to climate change.
While the change has been promptly implemented for both the women’s team and the under-21s, the men’s senior team is still figuring out the logistics of their own transition. With global stars like Kylian Mbappé to take into consideration, organising the security of public transport is expected to be a challenge.
The FFF President Philippe Diallo expressed his commitment to an ecological transition across all sports and mentioned the possibility of the senior team travelling by train for matches in Lyon in March.
The French Football Federation’s decision aligns with the country’s broader environmental efforts, as France recently completely banned short-haul domestic flights for journeys that can be made in under two-and-a-half hours by rail.