The aim of this study was to determine the main approaches in the development of Iran football and also to compare them to football approaches in selected countries to determine appropriate approaches. This study was descriptive (survey) and data were collected by a combined procedure (literature review) and a researcher-made questionnaire was used. The sample consisted of 92 football federation managers, football management experts and elites. To analyze the data, Friedman test (p<0.05) was used. Results showed that the most appropriate approaches in the development of football in Iran were educational and community-based approaches. These approaches were used to develop and direct football developmental plans in many countries such as Sweden, Japan, USA, Canada, New Zealand, England, Australia and Ireland.