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  • ‘Protection of minors moving in the right direction’

    As of 1 October, the FIFA Transfer Matching System must be used for all international transfers. FIFPro has an important role in judging transfers of under-age players. ‘This TMS is a significant step in the right direction.’

  • EU Expert Group: ‘Respect of EU law is important’

    FIFPro welcomes the statement made by the EU Expert Group ‘Good Governance’, which emphasises the importance of application of national and EU law principles in professional sports. FIFPro fully agrees with this statement.

  • Transfer fees: gap between countries widening

    A lot was made this summer of the ?94 million that Real Madrid paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. There was no end to the money, so it seemed. However, the reality in many European footballing countries was very different.

  • Protection of minors

    FIFPro advocates the protection of minors. In particular, the monitoring of international transfers involving players below the age of 18 is an absolute necessity in order to combat exploitation and the trafficking of these young players.

  • FIFPro helps FIFA with protection of minors

    FIFA has installed a special committee, that starting 1 October supervises all international transfers of minors. Eleven delegates have been selected for this committee, one of them being FIFPro’s Secretary General Theo van Seggelen.

  • FIFPro, strategy council agree on agents, TPO

    FIFPro looks back at a constructive meeting of the Professional Football Strategy Council at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, where all of football's stakeholders agreed on tackling serious issues such as third-party ownership, agent fees, integrity, the...

  • ‘The stability of contract principle no longer exists’

    Philippe Piat, FIFPro Vice-President, wants to denounce FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfers of Players. ‘We consider them to be contrary to Community law, in that they do not guarantee the free movement of footballers.'

  • Footballer victim in poor quality study transfer system

    FIFPro is deeply disappointed in the outcomes of the KEA Study on the Economic and Legal Aspects of Transfers of Players presented on Thursday 7 February by the European Commission. ‘Poor quality and inconsistent.’

  • FIFPro helps FIFA with protection of minors

    FIFA has installed a special committee, that starting 1 October 2009 supervises all international transfers of minors (players under the age of 18). Eleven delegates have been selected for this committee, one of them being FIFPro?s Secretary General Theo

  • FIFPro: ‘Safeguard position of minor players’

    FIFPro is concerned by the situation of minor footballers as described by journalist Juan Pablo Meneses. Given the young age and the vulnerability of these children, FIFPro demands more effective regulations to protect them.

  • FIFPro doubts effect of introduction salary cap

    FIFPro doubts if the introduction of a salary cap can help solve the financial problems of clubs. The World players? union is willing to talk about the implementation of a salary cap, but it thinks that a transfer cap will have more impact.

  • Taylor: 'Premier League should take a bigger step'

    'A step in the right direction.' That?s how Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the English PFA and honorary president of FIFPro, reacted to the recent announcement of the Premier League to introduce a squad cap and a quota for home grown players.

  • FIFPro doubts effect introduction salary cap

    FIFPro doubts if the introduction of a transfer cap can help solve the financial problems of clubs. The World players’ union is willing to talk about the implementation of a salary cap, but it thinks that a transfer cap will have more impact.

  • Martorelli: FIFPro America joins the fight

    A global mobilisation campaign to restore the rights of players and bring order to the football industry is gathering momentum, as the head of FIFPro Division America weighed in today on why his continent supports the urgent need for transfer system...

  • President Piat: FIFPro will not back down

    FIFPro President Phillipe Piat said today the transfer system is illegal, citing the abuse of players' rights coupled with a skewed, inflated and unsustainable labour market which poses an irrefutable threat to the football industry.

  • For South American kids, football means business

    The Chilean journalist Juan Pablo Meneses recently published his book ‘Niños Futbolistas’ in which he describes the practice of child-footballers in South America being bought and transferred at a very young age.

  • Platini shares FIFPro’s transfer system concerns

    UEFA President Michel Platini spoke about his serious concerns regarding the current football transfer system. FIFPro acknowledges the concerns of UEFA President Platini. .

  • FIFPro concerned by influence third-party owners

    FIFPro is concerned about the seemingly growing influence of Third-party ownership. Although prohibited by FIFA regulations, more and more clubs appear to make use of these third parties.

  • FIFPro warns players of clubs' nonpayment

    FIFPro is advising all professional football players to be very critical before signing a contract with a new club. FIFPro is giving a negative recommendation to players who want to sign with clubs in Cyprus, Greece or Turkey.

  • Colombia: Minister adjusts draft law after protest

    The Colombian professional footballers’ association welcomed the new draft law presented by the Ministry of Labour. Within a week after an unprecedented players’ protest, the Minister adjusted the initial draft.

  • FIFPro establishes expert group on transfer matters

    FIFPro states that the many problems with the existing transfer system need to be addressed carefully and seriously. Therefore FIFPro presents an expert group to examine and provide the necessary recommendations.

  • Portugal: union aims to protect football profession

    The Portuguese Union of Professional Football Players (SJPF) and the Football League are in the process of revising the Collective Bargaining agreement (CBA). Recently they agreed on a set of special measures.

  • Uruguay: union demands action against non-payment

    The professional footballers association of Uruguay published a list of all outstanding debts that football clubs have with their players. Twenty clubsstill owe a total amount of USD 1.438.117.

  • Philippe Piat: ‘Players are still slaves!’

    Philippe Piat, the president of the French professional footballers’ union (UNFP), who is also vice president of FIFPro and president of FIFPro Division Europe doesn’t mince his words in an interview with Belgian magazine Sport.

  • Piat: ‘In France, social dialogue has finished’

    Philippe Piat, president of the French footballers’ association UNFP and vice-president of FIFPro, speaks in French daily Le Monde about the situation of Peguy Luyindula, a player who is persona non grata at his club Paris Saint-Germain.

  • 'Image of pampered players needs to change'

    FIFPro's secretary general Theo van Seggelen says that an average player's lifestyle is often far removed from the usual image of mansions, fast cars and outrageous weddings. The vast majority are ordinary wage-earners.

  • 'CAS is a part of the Sion case problem'

    Lucien Valloni, president of the Swiss footballers' association on the FC Sion case: ‘It is now clear that the image of Swiss football has suffered in the eyes of the football world, and in practice Swiss football as a whole has been affected.'

  • Swiss players union: CAS requires faster procedures

    CAS needs to introduce faster procedures to prevent situations such as FC Sion’s from happening. That is the opinion of Lucien Valloni, president of the Swiss professional footballers’ association SAFP.

  • Baffoe: ‘I hope players see the need to join us’

    The Professional Footballers’ Association of Ghana is one of FIFPro’s candidate members. Secretary general Anthony Baffoe talks about the objectives, achievements and the future of the PFAG.

  • FIFPro: ‘Clubs are overprotected’

    Clubs are overprotected. FIFPro lawyer Wil van Megen came to this conclusion after studying the current situation regarding the stability of contracts. According to him, players need more protection.

  • FIFPro fully supports Italian footballers' strike

    FIFPro fully supports the strike that the Italian footballers in the Serie A have called. The worldwide players' union endorses the reasons that have prompted the Italian footballers to take this action.

  • Serie A players one step closer to a strike

    The players in the Italian Serie A once again have agreed to strike if an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached by the 30 November, the Italian footballers’ association AIC announced.

  • Premier League clubs spent 'awful lot of money' on agent fees

    ?Obviously people have made an awful lot of money out of being football agents over the last few years.? In the last year the twenty clubs from the English Premier League have spent almost 80 million euro on fees for players? agents.

  • Agreement FIFPro and FIFA on package of football governance global measures

    At its annual congress, which took place in Budapest from 18 to 20 November 2009, FIFPro reviewed the current state of world football. FIFPro welcomed representatives of FIFA to Hungary, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Barcelo

  • For FIFPro a footballer is a human being in the first place

    FIFPro likes to express its deepest sympathy to family and friends of Robert Enke. The World Players? Union regrets the death of the goalkeeper and hopes that the football world learns from the suicide of the 32-year old player.

  • Ecuador suspends Barcelona for not paying players

    Ecuador?s football association FEF has suspended Barcelona Sporting Club. The FEF temporarily took away the sportive rights from the Guayaquil club, after it had failed to pay some players their salaries.

  • FIFPro respects the contract of Messi with Barcelona

    FIFPro has issued an official declaration on the news appeared in Spanish media stating the FIFPro would have asked for the termination of the new contract between Messi and Barcelona. FIFPro has, however, limited itself, on request, to make a critical no

  • Juventus jointly liable in Mutu case

    Adrian Mutu has finally decided to submit an appeal at the Swiss Bundesgericht against the ruling of the CAS which stipulated that the Romanian must pay ?17 million to Chelsea following his dismissal from the club after a positive doping test in 2004.

  • Financial Fair Play Measures for Club Football

    The Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC) has today unanimously recommended that the Financial Fair Play concept be approved by the UEFA Executive Committee at its forthcoming meeting in Nyon on 14/15 September.

  • FIFPro denounces clubs? agreement and supports Ribéry

    A footballer attempts to effect a transfer to the club of his dreams. Nothing unusual in this day and age. What is unusual is that with the transfer goings-on concerning Franck Ribéry, it emerged that the clubs of the ECA had concluded a gentlemen?s agree

  • Magazine of the Month: New magazine for the Russian players’ union

    At the beginning of March 2009 the Russian Football Union for players and coaches brought out its new magazine for the players, about the players. The Union will regularly familiarize magazine readers with the main problems within the Russian football ind

  • Russian players’ union is suing football association

    The Russian players’ union is suing the Russian Football Association for unlawful compensation concerning young players after their contracts expire.

  • FIFPro comments on CAS: Sion-El-Hadary-Al-Ahly

    FIFPro's Legal Department has some serious comments on the CAS-verdict in the case of FC Sion-Essam El-Hadary against Al-Ahly. In an article FIFPro's lawyers explain their criticism.

  • FIFPro disappointed by CAS verdict in El-Hadary case

    FIFPro is extremely disappointed by the verdict of the CAS in response to the appeal which FC Sion and Essam El-Hadary had initiated against the ruling which FIFA’s DRC had previously given in the case against Al-Ahly.

  • Russians angered by federation’s ‘surprise act’

    The Russian players’ association PSFT criticizes the transfer regulations of the Russian football federation, FUR. The PSFT complained after the federation’s indifferent reaction to an open letter from Under-23 players.

  • Dutch players’ union VVCS defeats FA in court

    The Dutch players’ union recorded a success in a legal dispute with the national football association. The judge agreed with the union and allowed players from recently declared bankrupt Haarlem, to transfer to amateur clubs.

  • Premier League spents awful lot of money on agents

    ‘Obviously people have made an awful lot of money out of being football agents over the last few years.’ In the last year the twenty clubs from the English Premier League have spent almost 80 million euro on fees for players’ agents.

  • Agreement FIFPro and FIFA on global governance

    At its annual congress, FIFPro reviewed the current state of world football. FIFPro welcomed representatives of FIFA, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Barcelona on 2 November 2006.

  • For FIFPro a footballer is a human in the first place

    FIFPro likes to express its deepest sympathy to family and friends of Robert Enke. The World Players’ Union regrets the death of the goalkeeper and hopes that the football world learns from the suicide of the 32-year old player.

  • Ecuador suspends Barcelona for not paying players

    Ecuador’s football association FEF has suspended Barcelona Sporting Club. The FEF temporarily took away the sportive rights from the Guayaquil club, after it had failed to pay some players their salaries.


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