2.1.1. Standard Players Contract

Standard Player Contracts

Standard playing contracts should be enacted for profressional football players all around the world that should contain minimum international requirements.

Standard playing contracts should be enacted for profressional football players all around the world that should contain minimum international requirements.

What you should know

Despite improvements, issues remain

There has been significant improvements to contractual standards through Standard Player Contracts (SPC), but issues are still prevalent in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Eastern Europe.

A global problem, with local solutions

Implementation and definition of minimum standards for player contracts are first and foremost a responsibility of stakeholders at the domestic level. However, FIFPRO and international stakeholders play a crucial role in supporting this process.

Standard Player Contracts level the playing field

Standard Player Contracts provide guarantees on contractual obligations, and also creates a level playing field between clubs and competitions which minimises legal disputes.

Standard Player Contracts Case study

How Andrew Webster breached his contract without sporting sanctions

Scottish professional footballer Andrew Webster was the first player to successfully invoke Article 17 of the FIFA Transfer Regulations, which enables a player aged under 28 to terminate his contract after three years (and older players to leave after two years) without facing sporting sanctions.

Webster ANP 2500
Standard Player Contracts Case study

Sebastian Ariosa case: suspended when suffering from cancer

Uruguayan footballer Sebastian Ariosa was diagnosed with cancer. He was shocked to discover that as well as fighting for his life he also had to fight against his club, Club Olimpia of Paraguay.

Seb Ariosa HH 2500