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Competition Design and Structures

Competitions should improve players’ prospects, not hinder them

While competitions at club and international level give players the chance to showcase their skills and advance their careers, FIFPRO strives to ensure that competitive calendars are planned with players’ views in mind. Competitive matches in football have increased dramatically in the last 25 years, especially in elite men's football. Opportunities for friendly matches have been overtaken by official qualifiers, putting more physical and mental pressure on the players with very little time to recover. Competition evolution should also consider better protection of domestic markets, including those that are not in the elite segment of club football.

What you should know

Competition structures have to be sustainable

Players rely on them as a platform to display and develop their skills with the view of procuring further job opportunities. The increasing intensity of the pace and physicality of the game, coupled with the high frequency of competitive play, can negatively impact performance.

Current competition structures need to be analysed with the players in mind

Careful review will determine whether or not modifications are necessary to allow players to achieve maximum potential with regards to performance, job opportunities, and career longevity.

FIFPRO provides a platform for players to voice their opinions

Their views and desired boundaries should be fundamental in defining the structure of competitions. Once these are taken into account, a sustainable plan can be built to deliver the highest quality of competitive football that will benefit all parties.

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