2.6 Innovation And Competitions

Competitions, Innovation and Growth

Changing the football industry

Global trends are transforming the football industry. The anticipated reforms for club and national team competitions will have a further transformative effect in the next decade. They create opportunity and uncertainty for the future development of the entire industry and fundamentally transform the working environments of players. FIFPRO recognises the need to create innovative competitions and emphasises the need to create quality jobs for players.

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Sustainable growth

Without adequate competition formats, football markets and competitions cannot reach their potential. In the same way, players cannot reach their peak without decent working conditions under which to train and perform. Today’s investment in the working lives of players will shape the growth of the game for the next generation.

Protection of domestic playing environments

The impact of significant competition reforms on the long-term development of domestic playing markets must be carefully analysed. Domestic competitions and employment markets must be protected. This includes, for example, the access to club competitions based on sporting merit and the protection of exclusive match days at the weekend for domestic leagues.

Innovation and development of competitions

We recognise the need for competition formats to continue evolving as global trends continue to change. However, the innovative commitment and character of the football industry must focus on all market segments and create new and more innovative competition formats for a larger group of players to protect the diversity of the global game.

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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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FIFPRO Global Player Survey: 75 percent of men's players want to keep World Cup every four years

Seventy-five percent of men’s professional footballers want to keep the FIFA World Cup every four years, according to a survey of over 1,000 players organized by FIFPRO and national player unions about workload and competition formats.

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