2.3.2. Career Transition

Career Transition

Life after football

The career of a footballer is short at the best of times, and can be cut even shorter due to forced retirement. While most people have forty years or more to earn an income in their chosen field, players generally have less than half that time to contribute to their life savings. Only a small number of players can achieve lifetime financial security from their professional playing careers.

What you should know

Transitioning into a post-playing career is challenging for a variety of reasons

These include, but are not limited to, a lack of qualifications, limited work experience, and a loss of identity.

FIFPRO works closely with national player unions to help footballers prepare

This could be through higher education, raising awareness of the career opportunities that are available, or even simply making players aware of the transferable skills that they already possess.

The environment should step up to support players in this process

Encouragement by all those in a players' environment, such as parents, coaches, clubs, agents, national governing bodies and player associations is vital to help them prepare for the day that they stop playing professional football.

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Player story

Joelle Murray: "I'm proud to have played my part in progressing the Scottish game"

Hibernian captain Joelle Murray recently called time on her playing career after amassing 507 appearances for the Edinburgh club over a 20-year period. The defender, 37, has continually strived to advance the women’s game in Scotland both on and off the pitch.

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Craig Beattie’s journey from player to PFA Scotland

Former Scotland international Craig Beattie is a Player Relations Officer at PFA Scotland. The ex-Celtic and Hearts striker recounts his journey from the pitch to the union, and recalls the moment that inspired him to join a union.

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