2.1 Conditions And Employment

Conditions of Employment

Fair conditions are fundamental for all players

Professional footballers need to receive universal and fair treatment, with working conditions that protect their physical and mental wellbeing. These standards are essential for professional football to achieve its full potential and in making sure benefits of the football economy are felt by all. To ensure peak performance, working conditions at both domestic and international level – both on and off the pitch – are a must.

What you need to know

Players are the most important resource in football

The physical and mental wellbeing of players must be considered paramount and reflected in their working conditions. Conditions and interpretations will vary by region, but players must be priority.

There is no single model or solution

There is no single formula to achieve fair conditions across the world. There is a fundamental role for FIFPRO to negotiate and work towards global minimum standards at the international level and ensure these are met.

'Professionalism' is more than just a word

It is not enough to have the term 'professionalism' interpreted and applied by name only. For major international tournaments, there must be standard playing conditions.

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Maternity and Parental Provision Player story

Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir’s maternity case shows all players need protection – even those at high-profile clubs

Icelandic midfielder Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir became the first player to win a claim against a club through the FIFA Maternity Regulations. FIFPRO provided legal support to Bjork Gunnarsdottir, from explaining her rights to representing her before the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.

Sara Bjork