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FIFPro visited Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay to discuss the organization of female professional football players and the protection of their rights.

FIFPro Women’s Football advisory board member, Caitlin Fisher, met with representatives of player unions in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, who informed her about the current status of women’s football in their countries.

 

In Argentina and Uruguay, female players are not able to join the union because the women’s game is considered amateur and unions cannot accept amateurs given national labour legislation. Both local unions acknowledged that they would like to change this situation.

Fisher: “FIFPro offered its support in this process of integrating women into the union structures.”

The union in Uruguay, MUFP, currently provides some benefits to women, such as physical therapy and dentist services for a small fee at its headquarter.

In Montevideo, Fisher met with players from teams participating in the women’s Libertadores Cup, including Colon FC (Uruguay), San Martin (Bolivia), Universitario (Peru), Adi Foz Cataratas and Ferroviaria (both Brazil), and runner-up Estudiantes de Guarico (Venezuela). In Argentina she spoke with UAI, before that team travelled to Montevideo.

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Fisher informed these players about the upcoming global survey into working conditions for female footballers, which is set to be launched early 2017. Fisher: “The players showed interest and excitement at the prospect of being able to share their voice and local experiences through a survey. They promised to help distribute the survey among other teams in their country.”

Furthermore Fisher spoke about the possibility to join FIFPro as direct members if it is impossible for players to sign up with their local unions. In South America, women can only join player unions in Brazil and Chile. She underlined the importance of the FIFPro membership in terms of protecting their rights and wellbeing, until the national unions are able to integrate female players into their organizations.

Fisher: “This outreach is part of building a larger collective voice within women’s football globally and a greater sense of solidarity amongst players across borders.”
In addition to outreach with teams and players, Fisher also met with the Uruguay Football Federation women’s football department, including President Valentina Prego, which is supportive of FIFPro’s engagement.

Finally, Fisher invited the female footballers to fill in the ballots for the Women’s World XI vote.

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Players of UAI from Argentina voting

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