These will be supported by internal and external reforms and actions that lead FIFPRO towards a greater culture of diversity and inclusivity.
As part of the new ratified statutes there will be mandatory increases in geographic and gender representation on FIFPRO’s global board. This will take effect following the next elections in November. The board will increase in size as well as in diversity, making space for new voices and instituting a mandatory minimum threshold of 33 percent for the least-represented gender. As the global player representative body, FIFPRO recognises its role to lead the industry in demonstrating that diversity is not an end goal in itself, but an essential element in high-performing and effective governance.
“We must consistently and honestly reflect on not only our role in the industry but the example we are showing our players,” FIFPRO General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said. “We know that the players want this, we have heard them speak and witnessed the bravery of their activism. Change needs to be clear, it needs to be now, and it needs to be concrete.”
Making the FIFPRO board more diverse and inclusive reflects the ongoing work of unions supporting players, whatever their gender or ethnicity, FIFPRO President Philippe Piat said. “I am proud of these changes, which are founded in the values that we have always carried and defended.”