Players in Australia welcome new deal about working conditions

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Security, stability and a more professional working environment, those are the main accomplishments for men and women footballers in Australia enjoy with their new collective deal.

Recently, Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA) and the Australian Professional League announced a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the next five years. Ally Green and Alex Wilkinson were part of the union’s negotiation team. Both players shared their thoughts with FIFPRO about the deal.

Five reasons why Romanian football needs to be fixed

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FIFPRO is appalled by the employment situation of professional footballers in Romania and the lack of urgency shown by the country’s football association (FRF) to find adequate solutions for this disturbing situation.

LawInSport Weekly News Roundup - 10 September

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CZECH PLAYERS BANNED FROM THEIR FIRST TEAM

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FIFPRO wants to remind clubs and professional football players that it is prohibited to exclude players from the first team through coercive methods.

Two players in the Czech Republic informed player union (CAFH) that they have been separated from the first team squad.

FIFPRO publishes covid-19 recovery recommendations

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FIFPRO is today publishing a set of recommendations to rebuild and strengthen the professional football industry during the pandemic, at the same time as protecting jobs, careers and the wellbeing of players.

Covid-19: implications for women’s football

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A new FIFPRO paper warns that the growth of professional women’s football and evolution into a strong and viable industry is threatened by the implications of Covid-19. The absence of basic worker protections and global industry standards for working conditions in women’s football also mean the livelihoods of female players are extremely vulnerable.

Coronavirus: FIFPro welcomes football stakeholder unity

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We fully support the decisions by UEFA and CONMEBOL to postpone respectively Euro 2020 and the Copa America in order to protect public health and free up time to finish the national football leagues which are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FIFPro underlines commitment to player activism

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FIFPRO has underlined its commitment to player activism after the International Olympic Committee released guidelines, clarifying that athletes are subject to sanctions by making political gestures on the podium, in the Olympic village, at the opening and closing ceremonies, or on the field of play.

FIFPRO to host football governance forum in Brussels

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  • With major decisions ahead, event brings together player unions and leagues
  • FIFPRO’s Jonas Baer-Hoffmann to call for urgent remodeling of football governance
  • Premier League, Eredivisie and Superliga among stakeholders participating

FIFPRO and UEFA join forces to fight match-fixing

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FIFPRO and UEFA have signed a joint cooperation agreement that recognises the Red Button whistleblowing app as the go-to platform for professional footballers to report possible match-fixing incidents. 

FIFPRO Americas division makes organisational changes

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FIFPRO’s division in the Americas has made organisational changes with a view to strengthening the representation of professional footballers across the region. The division is also taking another step towards becoming more diverse and inclusive after two women were elected to its regional board.

FIFPRO calls for proper negotiation on reforms of international match calendar

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FIFPRO today stresses once again that any plans to change the men’s or women’s International Match Calendar must address the players’ concerns such as an expanding workload at the top of the game, the need to protect and improve jobs for the majority of our members around the world and protecting the promising advancement of the women’s professional game. Proposals isolating further expansions such as a biennial World Cup – as well as other competition reforms under discussion – are inadequate in the absence of solutions for existing problems. Without the agreement of the players, who bring all competitions to life on the pitch, no such reforms will have the required legitimacy.

Bosnian union secures player salaries with special campaign

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Bosnian player union SPFBiH came to the rescue when an owner left a prominent club and its players in serious problems. The union managed to safe a significant part of players’ salaries, supported new ownership for the club and helped change disciplinary regulations.

Coronavirus shutdown: sharp rise in players reporting depression symptoms

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FIFPRO and affiliated national player associations surveyed 1,602 professional footballers in countries that had implemented drastic measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus such as mass home-confinement. 1,134 male players, with a mean age of 26, and 468 female players, with a mean age of 23, took part in the survey.

FIFA set to launch global fund for player salary protection

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FIFA and FIFPRO, the World Players’ Union, have reached an agreement to establish the FIFA Fund for Football Players (FIFA FFP), which aims to provide financial support to players who have not been paid and have no chance of duly receiving the wages agreed with their clubs.

Aris must stop abusive treatment of Spanish player

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FIFPRO demands that Theodoros Karipidis and Angelos Charisteas, respectively the president and the sporting director of Aris FC, immediately stop the abusive and discriminatory treatment of Alejandro Menendez.

Warning on Turkish football club debts

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FIFPRO is issuing a warning to players about Turkish football because of an increasing number of cases in which clubs are defaulting on salary payments.

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