2.3.4 Mind The Gap

Project Mind the Gap

Take control of your next career

The Mind the Gap project aims to help players transition into a post-sport career of their choice. The project was led by FIFPRO and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Transitioning into a post-playing career can be tough. There might be a drop in income, change of scenery, loss of friends and structure and a big unknown. Therefore it is important to prepare for life after final whistle. The project helps players doing so by raising awareness but also creating tools and structures to offer this support.

What you should know

Players take their future into their own hands

It can be challenging to combine education, development or work experience with a professional playing career but with determination, organisation and support, it can be done.

It is likely to boost your playing performance

Research by Professor David Lavallee at Abertay University, Scotland shows that players involved in post-sports planning are more likely to be selected for matches and enjoy a longer career.

FIFPRO is here to help

Our affiliated players associations provide support to help players prepare for a post-playing career.

Industry Report

Mind the Gap Report 3 - Enhancement of competencies of professional players

Some 67 percent of professional footballers are not sure what they will do when they stop playing, according to a FIFPRO survey.

Mind The Gap Report 3

“The personal development stories of Giorgio Chiellini and many other players in the ‘Mind the Gap’ campaign are an inspiration to players around the world.”

— by Deputy Secretary General FIFPRO Simon Colosimo