UEFA's HatTrick assistance programme has been a major catalyst in the impressive showing of Europe's national teams at the FIFA World Cup in Russia
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Europe has just enjoyed a World Cup to remember – this continent provided six of the eight quarter-finalists and all four semi-finalists, two of which contested a final befitting a remarkable tournament. France and Croatia gave us a match for the ages, with an excellent French team finally capturing world football's premier national-team prize.
Why has Europe prospered in Russia? One key reason is the enduring impact of UEFA's HatTrick programme, funded by the UEFA European Championship, and its crucial infrastructure and sporting assistance to the European national associations – a programme built for success, helping Europe to stay at the forefront of the world game.
From youth and coaching development initiatives to grassroots investment, from new stadiums and training centres to mini-pitches for children, from knowledge-sharing to education; Encouraging growth and helping to set new standards, HatTrick is continuing to make a difference to European football.