FIFPRO Europe and UEFA reinforce commitment to stronger working relationship


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In a further display of the reinforced spirit of cooperation between FIFPRO Europe and UEFA, the FIFPRO Europe board led by President David Terrier met with a delegation of UEFA led by President Aleksander Ceferin yesterday in Stuttgart.

Many important topics were discussed, including key aspects of football’s governance, player workload trends and the development of women’s football. The two organisations reiterated their joint commitment to work closely on employment matters affecting players within the solidarity-based European football pyramid.

The meeting highlights the strengthening of a working relationship which has seen greater player inclusion in European football’s decision-making processes, including through the involvement of FIFPRO Europe representatives on UEFA standing committees. A new player-specific forum will soon be created and invited to discuss important topics with UEFA on a bilateral basis, complimenting the annual UEFA Convention on the Future of European Football.

FIFPRO Europe President David Terrier said:  "Our collaboration with UEFA is going from strength to strength and I would like to thank Aleksander Ceferin in understanding the key issues facing players today. Our primary objective is to create a healthy and sustainable environment for all players in Europe, and we very much see UEFA as a key partner to build long-lasting solutions. We look forward to achieving more tangible outcomes for the players we represent and, generally, for the betterment of professional football across the continent."

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said: "Since David Terrier's election as President of FIFPRO Europe, we have covered significant ground in our collaborative efforts. We may not agree on every issue and work remains to be done, but our progress across a wide range of areas is evident. In recent months, we have successfully implemented measures to tackle issues affecting players in both men’s and women’s football while also improving governance structures. This ongoing dialogue is essential as we strive to address the evolving challenges in football."