Off the field, numerous professional footballers are engaging with their communities, using their status to benefit less-fortunate people.
Elite professional footballers are among some of the world’s most high-profile workers. The lives of the game’s top players are in the full glare of hundreds of millions of people, both on and off the pitch.
Even less well-known players further down the football pyramid are a focus of their local community. This brings pressure but it also gives the opportunity for players to use their profile to achieve positive change.
For more than a decade, FIFPRO has recognized the selfless contribution of players to their community through our annual Merit Award. Previous winners of the awards help refugees in Africa, work with disabled children in Romania and support women’s football in Afghanistan.
Every year we pay tribute to players like Awer Mabil and donate $25,000 (USD) to help the charity they work for.