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Merit Awards

Recognising the contributions of players to society

Since 2008, FIFPRO has honoured professional footballers who have made a great contribution to charity through the Merit Awards. We aim to build on this strong tradition, while also acknowledging that players are socially engaged in many different ways. Players are looking to provide others in their communities with means to improve their lives, use their platforms to address social issues or take action to impact the lives and conditions of people in need.

What you should know

Player Activism

Awarded to a player who campaigns to bring about political or social change through advocacy for a cause.

Player Impact

Awarded to a player who seeks to create impact in the lives of others.

Player Voice

Awarded to a player who uses their platform to highlight an issue and influence change.

Union Impact

Recognising the extraordinary initiatives unions are carrying out on the ground to support players worldwide.

FIFPRO Meritwinners Comms

Rules of Allocation: Merit Awards & Union Impact Award


2022 Merit Awards: Players and unions recognised for inspiring work

Since 2008 FIFPRO has paid tribute to professional footballers who have made a significant contribution to charity, while this year also saw the introduction of the Union Impact Award – recognising the extraordinary work unions have been carrying on the ground to support players.

Merit Award