The 'Mind the Gap’ is a project to help athletes transition from professional sports career to a new career. The project is led by FIFPRO and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
When your sports career ends, life can be tough. There might be a drop in income, loss of confidence and a move away from a support group of teammates and club staff.
According to FIFPRO research, only 13% of professional footballers in Europe have post-school vocational education – compared to 53% of the male population in the EU.
Here's some advice from Giorgio Chiellini, who completed a university degree while playing for Juventus.