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50 Years FIFPro Worlds Players Union

  • Agents

    FIFPro has an extremely critical opinion about the practice of players’ agents in general. A number of those agents seems to place their own interests above those of the players they represent. FIFPro feels that it is time for a completely new approach.

  • Premier League spents awful lot of money on agents

    people have made an awful lot of money out of being football agents over the last few years.’ In the last year the twenty clubs from the English Premier League have spent almost 80 million euro on fees for players’ agents.

  • FIFPro, strategy council agree on agents, TPO

    FIFPro looks back at a constructive meeting of the Professional Football Strategy Council at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, where all of football's stakeholders agreed on tackling serious issues such as third-party ownership, agent fees, integrity, the...

  • FIFPro warns players of fraudulent “agents”

    issues a warning to all professional footballers to be very cautious when approached by alleged agents who pretend to be working for football clubs, international agency companies or on their own, but in reality are frauds trying to deceive the players.

  • FIFPro Tournament coaches and agents interviews

    Tijs Tummers talks about the FIFPro Tournament and the participating footballers. Also interviews with several coaches and agents: Serge Romano Oldrich Svab and Louis Laros.

  • Agents

  • Premier League clubs spent 'awful lot of money' on agent fees

    people have made an awful lot of money out of being football agents over the last few years.? In the last year the twenty clubs from the English Premier League have spent almost 80 million euro on fees for players? agents.

  • Trafficking football players in Portugal

    footballers come to Portugal under the promise of playing professional football but end up abandoned by agents and even clubs themselves. They find themselves alone, with no money or way of returning home. These are stories of desperation that are...

  • FIFPro: ‘Safeguard position of minor players’

    FIFPro is concerned by the situation of minor footballers as described by journalist Juan Pablo Meneses. Given the young age and the vulnerability of these children, FIFPro demands more effective regulations to protect them.

  • Footballer victim in poor quality study transfer system

    FIFPro is deeply disappointed in the outcomes of the KEA Study on the Economic and Legal Aspects of Transfers of Players presented on Thursday 7 February by the European Commission. ‘Poor quality and inconsistent.’

  • Philippe Piat: ‘Players are still slaves!’

    Philippe Piat, the president of the French professional footballers’ union (UNFP), who is also vice president of FIFPro and president of FIFPro Division Europe doesn’t mince his words in an interview with Belgian magazine Sport.

  • EU Expert Group: ‘Respect of EU law is important’

    FIFPro welcomes the statement made by the EU Expert Group ‘Good Governance’, which emphasises the importance of application of national and EU law principles in professional sports. FIFPro fully agrees with this statement.

  • FIFPro and FIFA improve protection of minors

    A significant achievement for young football players all around the world. FIFA – after a strong recommendation from FIFPro - is to adjust its regulations in order to strengthen the protection of minor players.

  • All parties accept responsibility to fight insolvency

    The entire football world must take responsibility for preventing clubs from succumbing to insolvency and players becoming the victims of financial problems at the clubs. This is the primary conclusion from the FIFPro Legal Conference.

  • PFA Australia launches player management agency

    Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) has established the PFA Player Management Agency in response to an overwhelming demand by Australia’s elite professional footballers.

  • FIFPro strongly supports Russian footballers' union

    FIFPro has serious concerns about the current situation in Russian professional football where the national football association and the professional football league are attempting to sideline the Russian players’ union PSFT.

  • FIFPro asks Russia to guarantee footballers’ rights

    FIFPro wants to congratulate the football federations of Russia and Qatar for being the host of the FIFA World Cup. FIFPro also wants to pay attention to the rights of all professional footballers, especially in Russia.

  • Martorelli: FIFPro America joins the fight

    A global mobilisation campaign to restore the rights of players and bring order to the football industry is gathering momentum, as the head of FIFPro Division America weighed in today on why his continent supports the urgent need for transfer system...

  • Follow the money: Ronaldo case study

    what research has proven to be an undeniable reality, that transfer fees only circulate among a small group of elite clubs, agents and third parties.

  • For South American kids, football means business

    The Chilean journalist Juan Pablo Meneses recently published his book ‘Niños Futbolistas’ in which he describes the practice of child-footballers in South America being bought and transferred at a very young age.

  • FIFPro Tournament 2010 in The Netherlands

    will be played in The Netherlands. Italy and Spain join last year’s participants, in the event organized for free agents. Rijnsburg will host the tournament on 17 and 18 July.

  • Danish players hope for another good tournament

    Denmark will be one of the eight teams participating in the 2010 FIFPro Tournament in The Netherlands, on July 17th and 18th. The team of footballers’ association Spillerforeningen started training last week.

  • Agreement FIFPro and FIFA on global governance

    At its annual congress, FIFPro reviewed the current state of world football. FIFPro welcomed representatives of FIFA, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Barcelona on 2 November 2006.

  • Bulgarian players in the picture after Greece game

    While eight footballers’ associations are preparing themselves for this weekend’s FIFPro Tournament, two other associations organised their own match for players looking for a new contract: Greece and Bulgaria.

  • Agreement FIFPro and FIFA on package of football governance global measures

    At its annual congress, which took place in Budapest from 18 to 20 November 2009, FIFPro reviewed the current state of world football. FIFPro welcomed representatives of FIFA to Hungary, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Barcelo

  • FIFPro commemorates union great Marvin Miller

    FIFPro sends its condolances to all family and relatives of Marvin Miller. The American is one of the most important men in the history of athletes associations and acted as a pioneer for many players’ unions. He passed away recently.

  • Players want Maltese transfer system abolished

    The Maltese Football Players Association (MFPA) and its members urge the country's football authorities to abolish the Maltese transfer system. On Malta, clubs still need to pay a transfer fee to sign an out of contract player.

  • Bogota hosts FIFPro America Legal Conference

    The Colombian professional footballers’ association (Acolfutpro) and FIFPro Division America jointly organise the third international Legal Conference regarding professional football in America. The event will be held on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 August...

  • FIFPro legal action against FIFA transfer system

    (Brussels) FIFPro has today filed legal action against FIFA, in the form of a competition law complaint lodged with the Directorate General Competition of the European Commission in Brussels, challenging the global transfer market system governed by...

  • Luis Boa Morte: ‘Nothing to be ashamed of’

    The most prolific name on the participants list of last weekend’s FIFPro Tournament, was Luis Boa Morte. The former Portuguese international enjoyed the event and has his mind still set on playing top flight football.

  • FIFPro-UEFA launch joint legal action

    FIFPro has today filed legal action, together with UEFA, to eliminate third-party ownership (TPO) and end all agreements currently in place. The complaint lodged with the European Commission goes beyond the terms set out in the worldwide ban, which FIFA...

  • FIFPro meets with EU Commissioner for Sport

    FIFPro President Philippe Piat and Secretary General Theo van Seggelen met with EU Commissioner for Sport, Tibor Navracsics, in Brussels to discuss some of the most important football and EU sport policy matters at present times. At the core of...

  • Taylor addresses FIFPro European Congress

    PFA Chief Executive and Honorary President of FIFPro, Gordon Taylor OBE addressed the General Assembly of FIFPro Division Europe, on Wednesday 10 June 2015 in Bulgaria. "The time has come for players and their unions to seize the moment, grab the baton...

  • Insolvent club haunts footballers in Romania

    The Romanian professional footballers association published an open letter to the Minister of Public Finance, regarding the harrowing situation of the players of Politehnica Timisoara, a club that has been insolvent since last summer.

  • Costa Rica celebrates general assembly Americas

    All American players’ associations will gather this week in Costa Rica for FIFPro Division Americas’ annual general assembly. ASOJUPRO, a FIFPro candidate member, will be hosting this congress.

  • ‘The stability of contract principle no longer exists’

    Philippe Piat, FIFPro Vice-President, wants to denounce FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfers of Players. ‘We consider them to be contrary to Community law, in that they do not guarantee the free movement of footballers.'

  • Czech training camp: indispensable service

    The Czech Association of Football Players, CAFH, organized its third training camp for out of contract players, which was attended by among others Milan Baros, former Czech national team player (93 appearances, 41 goals) and Champions League winner with...

  • In Serbia, clubs are playing without a licence …

    A new indication of the dismal status of professional football in Serbia: twelve of the sixteen Super League clubs have only received temporary licences for the new championship season which kicked off on August 9th. Four of those clubs are even...

  • FIFPro demands transfer system changes

    Board member Mads Øland voiced FIFPro's concerns with the transfer system, at the EU Sport Forum in Lithuania: ‘If a transfer system is to be maintained, we must establish a balance of power between clubs and players’.

  • PFAI supports Cork City players

    The Irish players union, the PFAI, has been in talks with Cork City club officials since mid July following the club?s entry into the High Court after their failure to pay their taxes to the Revenue Commissioners. The club owed the Revenue ?439,000 and fa

  • Philippe Piat appointed as vice-president of FIFPro

    Philippe Piat is appointed as vice-president of FIFPro. The Frenchman is also re-elected as president of the Europe Division during the general assembly in Budapest.

  • FIFPro family meets in Kuala Lumpur for congress

    Next week, Kuala Lumpur will play host to the annual FIFPro general assembly. Representatives of 52 players’ unions will be meeting to discuss the current state of affairs for the world union for professional footballers.

  • FIFPro helps Debreceni players in 'corruption' fight

    FIFPro promises to provide full support to Norbert Mészáros and Vukasin Poleksic in their attempt to undo a ban imposed by UEFA for reasons of match-fixing by going to CAS.

  • European Commission to study transfer market

    The European Commission starts a study of the current transfer markets in sports, said Pedro Velazquez, deputy head of the unit Sport of the EC during the European Professional Sportspeoples Forum, organized by FIFPro.

  • Baffoe: ‘I hope players see the need to join us’

    The Professional Footballers’ Association of Ghana is one of FIFPro’s candidate members. Secretary general Anthony Baffoe talks about the objectives, achievements and the future of the PFAG.

  • 'Image of pampered players needs to change'

    FIFPro's secretary general Theo van Seggelen says that an average player's lifestyle is often far removed from the usual image of mansions, fast cars and outrageous weddings. The vast majority are ordinary wage-earners.

  • Piat: ‘In France, social dialogue has finished’

    Philippe Piat, president of the French footballers’ association UNFP and vice-president of FIFPro, speaks in French daily Le Monde about the situation of Peguy Luyindula, a player who is persona non grata at his club Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Successful congress FIFPro Division Europe on Cyprus

    The annual congress of FIFPro Division Europe in the Cypriot village of Limassol was particularly successful. The 25 national delegations all showed their interest, in a very committed way, in numerous topics from the European football world. Special gues

  • Cameroon’s footballers unionise

    In Cameroon, the membership campaign of the “Association des Footballeurs Camerounais” (AFC) is in full swing. Around twenty players from one of Cameroon’s “Première Ligue” clubs, Sable FC de Batié, recently visited the AFC’s headquarters in Douala-Yassa,

  • Constructive general assembly Division Europe

    All members of FIFPro Division Europe gathered in Fayence, in the south of France for the annual general assembly. It was a constructive meeting with serious and fruitful discussions.

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