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Player Activism

When players stand up for what they believe in, we stand with them

Jean-Marc Bosman changed the transfer system forever when he fought for his right to leave his club at the end of his contract - a right that, thanks to his actions, now legally belongs to all footballers. Activism amongst athletes is by no means a new concept, but in a world that players are becoming increasingly visible and influential, many are choosing to use their platform to speak up on issues that are important to them.

What you should know

Football has the power to make change

Football speaks to people on a universal level, and players who want to utilise this platform to raise awareness around a particular cause should feel empowered to do so.

FIFPRO supports free speech and social justice

Players who are dedicating their time, energy or money into creating a better world are strongly encouraged by FIFPRO, who will stand with them in solidarity.

Courage to stand up for what you believe in

Very few footballers would label themselves as social activists, or indeed realise the weight that their opinions can hold in society. We encourage players to make use of their unique position to have their voices heard, and help them drive towards positive change.

Merit Awards Player story

Redouan El Yaakoubi: "We're making a difference in the lives of children and their parents"

Redouan El Yaakoubi won the FIFPRO Player Activist Award for his work supporting children who are growing up in a challenging environment. Through his foundation Durf te Dromen (Dare to Dream), the Excelsior Rotterdam captain is helping more than 1,000 children.

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