2.5.1. Human Rights

Human Rights

All humans have rights that should be honoured and protected

All professional footballers are human beings first and foremost – and so are entitled to the rights that should be bestowed on all global citizens. FIFPRO is a firm advocate of ensuring that all people, including players, should be guaranteed and protected by these human rights. History has proven that recognition and protection of players’ human rights has led to the positive growth of football – as a sport, a business and a society. Honouring and guaranteeing these fundamental rights within the industry are not just a show of sportsmanship, but human decency.

What you should know

FIFPRO will not tolerate the violation of players’ human rights

We are committed to protecting the human rights of all professional footballers and advocates for the human rights of all individuals to be upheld. In cases deemed to be extraordinary or urgent, FIFPRO takes direct and immediate action to protect the players and these values.

Football governance has a responsibility to protect players

This is not only a legal requirement under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also an indisputable matter of moral obligation. Players themselves are using their platform and resources to amplify social justice causes, furthering the fight for recognition of human rights all over the world. An unquestionable and universal commitment to human rights by the sports industry is essential.

Football can have a profound influence on domestic culture

As the largest participation sport in the world it has the power to positively impact the injustices and challenges faced in today’s society.