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Research and Reports

Moving football forward

FIFPRO publishes scientific, evidence-based reports on a wide range of player-centric workforce priorities within the context of the football industry. The research section of the FIFPRO Player IQ Hub navigates this landscape and gives the players’ perspective on the most recent patterns and trends, best practices, and policies and regulations relevant to the future sustainability of the professional game.

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Industry and public policymakers, football stakeholders, influencers and media about the needs and fundamental interests of players in the football industry.


Contributing factual, evidence-based, player-driven accountable analysis and decisions, while engaging in transparent discussions about the future shape of the professional football industry.


To drive player-centred policy development to protect and safeguard the rights and interests of players at the heart of the game

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FIFA World Cup 2022: The Player Workload Journey

The FIFPRO PWM Men’s Football Flash Report 2022 provides a snapshot of the unprecedented workload demands placed upon the game’s leading players.

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Player Data: Managing Technology And Innovation

Players, football industry stakeholders and interested third-parties have common key interests in utilising state-of-the-art science and cutting-edge technology to drive player performance.

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Post-Tournament Blues Guide: By The Players, For The Players

Former Canada international Stephanie Labbe approached FIFPRO in February 2022 to discuss her post-tournament mental health experiences. To develop further understanding, FIFPRO brought a group of international women's players together to share their experiences around 'post-tournament blues'.

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UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Workload Journey Report

This edition of the FIFPRO PWM Flash Report focuses on players who participated at EURO 2022. In addition to historical comparisons, the report describes the various types of player workload journeys, showcasing the vastly different ways players prepared for the tournament.

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Decoding Online Abuse of Players

The report exposes a significant threat to the mental health and well-being of today’s top athletes. It raises important questions about their workplace and what can be done to ensure they enjoy adequate protection as workers.

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FIFPRO PWM Flash Report 2022: A Calendar That Respects Players' Health

This edition of the FIFPRO PWM Flash Report focuses on the findings of two recent surveys - FIFPRO Global Player Survey and the FIFPRO High-Performance Coach survey.

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2021 FIFPRO Player Workload Monitoring-Annual Women's Report

A new FIFPRO report shows a lack of competitive matches and uneven scheduling are affecting most professional women’s footballers, and limiting the potential development of the women’s game. A sample of leading players participated in an average of fewer than 30 matches last season. The FIFPRO Player Workload Monitoring report (2021, women’s football), in collaboration with KPMG Football Benchmark, covers the last three seasons and is based on a sample of 85 players including Christiane Endler, Alexia Putellas, Crystal Dunn and Sam Kerr.

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What Equal Playing Field?

The authentic and raw views of professional footballers about the personal impact of discrimination on their lives feature in this FIFPRO report, which pledges and seeks more urgency in supporting them.

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In the last five years, FIFPRO has repeatedly intervened to protect and enforce the rights of players to participate in an environment free from sexual misconduct, harassment, and abuse. This document summarises our analysis of the conditions that allow sexual misconduct, harassment, and abuse to continue, shares some of our learnings, and reaffirms our commitment to stand with players to fight for their safety and wellbeing.

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2021 Player Workload Monitoring Report – Men's Football

The report based on the FIFPRO Player Workload Monitoring platform measures match congestion by looking at the increasing amount of minutes played by footballers in repeated back-to-back games, contrary to scientific recommendations about athlete health and performance. The report proposes new ways to reduce this overload for players as well as issuing warnings on energy-sapping travel and shrinking off-season breaks.

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Player workload & impact during the emergency calendar

“The report ‘Player workload & impact during the emergency calendar’ provides a scientific mid-season analysis on player workload and match scheduling, covering a representative group of 85 female footballers across top leagues and national team competitions. The report focuses on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disrupted football calendar on player workload and its impact on players’ health and careers.”



The report ‘Player workload & recovery during the emergency calendar’ provides a scientific mid-season analysis on player workload and match scheduling, covering a representative group of 265 male footballers from 43 domestic leagues across six confederations and including club and national team matches.


Shaping our Future

FIFPRO’s 2021 Shaping our Future examines global revenue streams and the working conditions of players, with a view to achieving a more stable and robust game. The report is based on data from a sample of 79 countries and e economic market insights of KPMG Football Benchmark. "At a time of extraordinary uncertainty, it is crucial we review and strengthen the foundations of professional football for the next generation. Shaping Our Future’ shows what needs to change to secure football’s future, and underlines how football players must be at the heart of this process." - Jonas Baer Hoffmann, FIFPRO General Secretary

Supporting the Community

Playing our part

FIFPRO’s Playing our Part highlights the initiatives taken by professional footballers and their unions during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

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Covid-19: Recovery & Resilience

FIFPRO's Covid-19 Recovery & Resilience provides 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

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Women's Football


FIFPRO survey shows the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on women’s professional football based on data collected from national player unions in 62 different countries from July through October.

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Raising Our Game

FIFPRO’s Raising our Game is a forward-thinking report which charts the economic evolution of the game and puts players at the heart of the planned development and rebuilding of the sport after the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mind the Gap Report 3 - Enhancement of competencies of professional players

Some 67 percent of professional footballers are not sure what they will do when they stop playing, according to a FIFPRO survey.

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Player development report

Mind the Gap (2nd edition)

FIFPRO's 2020 Mind the Gap proposes a framework for unions to train so-called Player Development Managers (PDMs) to provide support to athletes.



At The Limit makes a series of key recommendations to protect the health of players, and make sure they can perform at their peak.

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Mind the Gap (1st edition)

FIFPRO's 2019 Mind the Gap outlines the most relevant literature related to professional players and the support provided to them, the role of the PDM as well as some good practices in the area.

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Women's Global employment report

FIFPRO’s Women's 2017 Global Employment report is the first global study of working conditions in women’s football, surveying nearly over 3,500 players in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.


Men's Global employment report

FIFPRO’s Men's 2016 Global Employment report consists of the most comprehensive and far-reaching survey of its kind, analysing the labour conditions of professional players in the world’s most popular team sport.

Industry Report

Black Book Eastern Europe

FIFPRO's 2012 Black Book Eastern Europe examines the critical issues in 15 countries in Eastern Europe to respond to the numerous, often shocking abuse of professional footballers in that region.