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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

    ‘Obviously 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”

    FIFPro 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...

  • FIFPro Tournament coaches and agents interviews

    FIFPro Tournament secretary 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

    ?Obviously 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: ‘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.’

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • FIFPro Tournament 2010 in The Netherlands

    The sixth edition of the FIFPro Tournament 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 versus Third Party Ownership

    FIFPro, the World Footballers' Association, has reiterated calls for an outright ban of Third Party Ownership (TPO), in response to comments made by UEFA President Michel Platini. "There is no place for TPO," FIFPro Secretary-General Theo van Seggelen...

  • Dublin to host FIFPro Europe assembly

    FIFPro's bid to overhaul football's ailing transfer system leads the agenda during a two-day General Assembly of FIFPro Division Europe, to be held at The Westin Hotel in Dublin, April 14-15.

  • FIFPro Europe supports transfer system reform

    A resolution has been adopted today which saw FIFPro's 29 European member countries unanimously support the global campaign to challenge football's crippled transfer system. Details of the legal strategy received their backing during a two-day General...

  • Strengthened labor relations in Turkey

    A joint delegation of FIFPro Division Europe, UEFA, the European Clubs Association (ECA) and the European Professional Leagues (EPFL) visited Turkey for the implementation of minimum requirements for standard player contracts in Turkish club football....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Portugal: Union addresses ‘excess’ of foreign players

    The Portuguese Professional Footballers Association (SJPF) presented a study about the use of Portuguese and foreign players in the first half of the First and Second leagues.

  • 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.

  • FIFPro tells Kazakh players to unite

    FIFPro Secretary General Theo van Seggelen and national team captain Kairat Nurdauletov advised all professional footballers in Kazakhstan to unite and become a member of the national players union, Pro Football Kazakhstan.

  • Transfer system reform too slow

    FIFPro, the World Footballers' Association, calls on FIFA to urgently address proposals to reform the fundamental principles of football's failing transfer system.

  • Strategic Committee

    The Strategic Committee provides the board of FIFPro, either requested or unrequested, with advice about various topics with which FIFPro is involved, in particular in the area of politics. The Strategic Committee also has the task to come up with...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • Athletes send strong message to EU Commission

    Top European players unions at the European Sports Forum in Madrid have sent a strong message to the European Commissioner responsible for Sport, that European athletes must be covered by EU laws that protect workers’ rights.

  • 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 Division Europe during the general assembly in Budapest.

  • Protection of minors

    FIFPro advocates the protection of minors. In particular, the monitoring of international transfers involving players below the age of 18 is an absolute necessity in order to combat exploitation and the trafficking of these young players.

  • Training for Slovenian players out of contract

    The Union of Professional Football Players of Slovenia (SPINS) has again offered training sessions to players who are not under contract.

  • Spanish union matches live on internet

    The Spanish professional footballers’ association AFE has taken an extraordinary step in helping players looking for a new contract to find a new club. The players’ union has been transmitting matches of its Team AFE on the internet.

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