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 1 January 2021.

FIFPRO defends and promotes players' 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

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

Melanie Serrano
Maternity and Parental Provision News

"Players have the right to be mothers"

Senior Legal Counsel Alexandra Gomez Bruinewoud was an integral force in defining what is now known as the FIFA Maternity Regulations, and ensuring their inclusion in FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir of Iceland embraces her son
Maternity and Parental Provision Explainer

Why maternity regulations are so important to women's players

FIFPRO Senior Legal Counsel Alexandra Gomez Bruinewoud initiated the discussions with FIFA and other stakeholders, and fought hard to optimise these protective regulations, to enable women to combine being a parent with their football career.

Katie Chapman 2500