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#ShineALight

Issues that matter to players

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is expected to be watched by billions. With such a prominent platform, players have the chance to speak out on a variety of issues that impact their workspace and beyond. #ShineALight provides an outlet for players to raise issues and topics that matter to them – launching with Qatar 2022 and continuing into 2023 and beyond.

Players using their platform

Jackson Irvine: LGBTQIA+ Rights

Australia's Jackson Irvine has family and friends who are from the LGBTQIA+ community. The Socceroos midfielder talks with conviction about promoting LGBTQIA+ rights in football and asks for clear messages about inclusivity to come out of Qatar 2022.

Sebastian Coates: Mental Health

Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates speaks movingly about the pressures of top-level football, the suicide of a team-mate last year, and the importance of players – and everyone – sharing their feelings.

Mark-Anthony Kaye: Social Media Abuse

After being sent off in a high-stakes World Cup qualifier, Mark-Anthony Kaye received horrendous social media abuse. The Canada midfielder describes his experiences of online hate, and what more needs to be done to tackle the issue.

#ShineALight: Issues that matter to players

“Players don’t speak out much about how online abuse affects us. As athletes, we don’t want to admit this could hurt us, or that we even notice it. But we’re all human. It hurts. It hurts our families.”

— by Mark-Anthony Kaye (Canada)

“I'm sure some players fear for their futures if they admit they are experiencing difficulties. But we need to look at it a different way. Acknowledging that you’re having a tough time is a sign of strength, not weakness.”

— by Sebastian Coates (Uruguay)

“There’s a lack of clarity and a feeling the LGBTQIA+ community will be unwelcome at a global tournament. It’s not about politics or religion – it’s about human rights.”

— by Jackson Irvine (Australia)