2.1.6. Maternity Regulations

Maternity and Parental Provision

A player’s right to be a parent must be protected

FIFPRO strongly advocates that being a professional footballer should not be considered an obstacle for those who wish to start a family. No player should have to consider pregnancy as a career-ending condition. Competition organisers, clubs and FAs not only have the responsibility to uphold minimal maternity rights, but also consider any special requirements that individuals may require to return to peak performance.

What you should know

FIFPRO has introduced new regulations to protect the rights of current and prospective mothers

These minimum conditions, agreed upon by FIFA, FIFPRO and other governing bodies, offer women more job security and came into effect as of the 1st of January 2021.

FIFPRO defends and promotes player’s rights as ordinary workers

This includes developing a set of minimum standards for maternity and paternal entitlements, which now need to be recognised and enforced globally.

Players should not feel pressured to settle for any less than their rights

Unfortunately employment instability in the industry can put players into unfair situations where they feel they must choose between their careers and their families.

2.1.6. Maternity And Parental Provisions (2)
Maternity and Parental Provision Explainer

Why maternity regulations are so important to women footballers

FIFPRO Senior Legal Counsel Alexandra Gómez Bruinewoud explains why July 1st is such an important date for women professional footballers and the FIFA maternity regulations, which were officially introduced per 1 January this year.

Katie Chapman 2500
Maternity and Parental Provision Explainer

Q&A: what you should know about the new maternity regulations

Female professional footballers will be entitled to receive a paid maternity leave, according to new FIFA regulations which shall come into effect in January 2021. FIFPRO played an instrumental role in the creation of these new rules.

Hedvig Lindahl Sons ANP 2500