The view is part of FIFPRO’s paper Covid-19: Implications for Professional Women’s Football. The current economic standstill could ultimately result in insolvencies of otherwise profitable and stable clubs across many markets, the paper says, adding the sector faces “an almost existential threat” unless there is adequate support for leagues, clubs and players.
“We’re in unprecedented times and we have a responsibility as a global football community to come together and support our industry,” FIFPRO General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said. “If clubs, leagues and national team competitions start going out of business, they may be gone forever. Our ultimate goal must be not only to stop this happening but to build a more solid foundation for the future.”
The paper makes clear that football stakeholders must work together to mitigate the damage of the coronavirus, prioritizing the physical and mental well-being of players during decision-making and accounting for the unique conditions of female players and clubs. Special attention must be given to women’s international competitions because they boost the sport and drive many female players’ economic earning potential.
The paper offers recommendations for an open, collaborative approach among stakeholders that seeks and appreciates the view of the players in establishing solutions and calls for industry action from the international football community to take specific and targeted measures.