1.2.6 History

History

A multinational voice for football players, since 1965.

While national player unions had been around before (including the PFA in England, which was established in 1907), FIFPRO was the first to bring multiple player unions together under one umbrella in December 1965. The organisation was founded in Paris by representatives of the unions from Netherlands, England, Scotland, France and Italy. From those small beginnings, FIFPRO expanded and developed in the following decades, becoming what it is today - a body which represents 65,000 professional footballer players from all around the world.

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From small beginnings to a global body

From a handful of European members in the beginning, FIFPRO now has affiliates in large swaths of Africa, Asia, the Americas as well as Europe.

A growing membership

As professional football continues to develop, so FIFPRO grows with it, with national player unions from countries such as Canada, Zambia and Turkey becoming candidate members of the organisation in recent years.

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