2.1.3. Employment Status

Employment Status

Professional football players deserve the same rights and entitlements as any other type of recognised employee.

Although it is often viewed as a “dream” profession it also has many hurdles, and most full-time players earn modest wages that are in line with the average salary in their country of work.

What you should know

The global football employment market is, for the majority, very fragile.

Broadly speaking, footballers are effectively full-time employees but in many countries are treated as self-employed. While most players in the EU are considered full-time workers, issues still exist in some member states as players are considered self-employed. On a global scale, the situation is even worse.

Protecting the employment status of professional football players is a fundamental task of what we do.

FIFPRO and player unions will continue to identify actions to build agreements and enforce labor laws to protect players and their status as workers.

Employment Status Case study

How Igor Strelkov made training alone in Russia illegal

Igor Strelkov fought against the practice of training alone. He objected to his club’s order to daily train in the cold Russian winter while the rest of the team was at training camp in Turkey and Spain. Strelkov won his case and the Russian Football Association declared training alone illegal.

Igor Strelkov ANP 2500