Unveiling football's Global Player Council

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FIFPRO is launching a Global Player Council to strengthen the role of professional footballers in shaping their industry at an international level.

The Global Player Council (GPC) will reinforce the mandate of FIFPRO and its 65 affiliated national player associations to protect the interests of players around the world and safeguard their rights.

While national player associations are the key driver of the collective voice of footballers, adding an international council strengthens our capacity to address cross-border issues as globalization rapidly influences football.

The GPC will allow active players to comment on, discuss and influence global regulations, trends and the strategic development of football worldwide.

It will also provide the opportunity for council members to drive initiatives linked to player health and personal development, among other matters off the pitch.

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Anita Asante
Jennifer Beattie HH 700
Jennifer Beattie
Asmir Begovic 3 700 445
Asmir Begovic
Lucy Bronze HH 700 445
Lucy Bronze
Giorgio Chiellini C01 Vi 1100
Giorgio Chiellini
Sara Gama A02 700 445
Sara Gama
Gabriela Garton A02 Vi 1100
Gabriela Garton
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Marcel de Jong
Eiji Kawashima C02 Vi 1100
Eiji Kawashima
Elise Kellond Knight A02 Vi 1100
Elise Kellond Knight
Vincent Kompany C02 Vi 1100
Vincent Kompany (retired)
Saki Kumagai 3 1100
Saki Kumagai
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Kim Little
Diana Matheson ANP 700 445
Diana Matheson
Andre Onana 1 1100
Andre Onana
Rui Patricio C02 Vi 1100
Rui Patricio
Neven Subutic 4 1100
Neven Subotic
Nicolas Tagliafico A02 Vi 1100
Nicolas Tagliafico
Jodie Taylor 3 1100
Jodie Taylor
Kevin Trapp Hh 1100
Kevin Trapp

The GPC’s members will evolve over time; FIFPRO and national player associations are in discussion with other players about joining.

The players have direct ownership of the GPC, which will meet at least twice a year. The GPC as an integral part of FIFPRO will work continuously with FIFPRO on key topics and initiatives.

“Together with these players we will amplify the voice of footballers worldwide. As professional football develops globally at a rapid pace this new channel is more important than ever,” FIFPRO General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffman said. “We are excited by the enthusiasm of so many players, who are leaders on and off the pitch, to be part of the Global Player Council.

“We are looking forward to giving this group of players a platform to share and use their considerable experience on a wide range of key issues that impact both them and their fellow professionals.”

“Together with these players we will amplify the voice of footballers worldwide”

— by Jonas Baer-Hoffman, FIFPRO General Secretary
Global Player Council Members
Anita Asante, Chelsea & England
Jennifer Beattie, Arsenal & Scotland
Asmir Begovic, AC Milan & Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lucy Bronze, Olympique Lyonnais & England
Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus & Italy
Sara Gama, Juventus & Italy
Gabriela Garton, UAI Urquiza & Argentina
Marcel de Jong, Pacific FC & Canada
Eiji Kawashima, Strasbourg & Japan
Elise Kellond-Knight, Brisbane Roar & Australia
Vincent Kompany, Anderlecht & Belgium (retired)
Saki Kumagai, Olympique Lyonnais & Japan
Kim Little, Arsenal & Scotland
Diana Matheson, Utah Royals FC & Canada
Andre Onana, Ajax & Cameroon
Rui Patricio, Wolverhampton Wanderers & Portugal
Neven Subotic, Denizlispor & Serbia
Nicolas Tagliafico, Ajax & Argentina
Jodie Taylor, Reign FC & England
Kevin Trapp, Eintracht Frankfurt & Germany