Protect The Players

What We Do

Defending the rights of players

The world of work in the professional football industry is complex, often fragmented and rapidly evolving. FIFPRO and player unions work across a wide range of policies and areas to influence those issues that constitute the world of work of players.

Player career and conditions

Football is a player’s place of work

FIFPRO shapes and influences the provisions currently available to players across the world, as we strive to improve welfare and working conditions throughout the game. Just like any other industry, football is a player’s place of work and their career is their livelihood. They, just like any other worker, have rules and structures in place to protect their pay, their contracts, their working conditions and environment, their health and safety, and their development.

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Institutions of work and the game

Players are entitled to the same rights and protections as any other employee

FIFPRO actively works to ensure players have basic protections upheld across the institutions and governance mechanisms that steward the football industry. Players need, and are entitled to, the same human rights and good governance practices as any other member of society, and the same legal protections as any other employee. This includes the right to organise and bargain collective agreements.

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Sustainable work in the football industry

FIFPRO advances the quality of working and playing conditions for footballers

While the football industry has gone through some profound changes over the years, the current acceleration of change is impacting the game and the current generation of players. A sustainable working environment fuels the positive development of both club and national team football and addresses challenges such as competitions, calendars, management standards, economic sustainability, innovation and diversity and equality.

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Why ILO’s technical brief on athletes’ fundamental principles and rights at work is significant

The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) new technical brief on professional athletes and the fundamental principles and rights at work provides an important framework for addressing challenges in sports and improving conditions for professional athletes.

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Supporting players is what we do