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FIFPro is the worldwide representative organization for all professional players; more than 65,000 footballers in total. FIFPro exists since 1965 and currently has 55 members, 3 candidate members and 7 observers.
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Sparta Prague "mobbing" Biabiany

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:29

French footballer Jonathan Biabiany is being forced to train on his own at Czech club Sparta Prague.

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Malta looks at whistleblower app

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:04

Football authorities in Malta are looking into a mobile-phone app developed by FIFPro to report match-fixing.

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Honours for Eriksen, Harder and Budescu

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 15:42

Christian Eriksen and Pernille Harder received top honours in Denmark, while Constantin Budescu collected the player of the year award in Romania.

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FIFPro warns for double contracts in Cyprus

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:54

Players in Cyprus are complaining that they have not received copies of their contracts and, as a consequence, have a problem getting their full salary paid.

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Belounis settles with Qatari club

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 15:58

A settlement has been agreed in the long-running dispute between Zahir Belounis and Qatar's El Jaish Sports Club.

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Qatar seeks FIFPro guidance

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 15:52

The Qatar Players' Association (QPA) hosted representatives from FIFPro, the International Association of Professional Footballers, to discuss initiatives aimed at aligning the QPA with FIFPro-approved standards on how to best represent players.

FIFPro officials welcomed recent developments between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Government of Qatar who have entered into a three-year technical cooperation commitment aimed at strengthening national regulations and practices and implementing extensive labour reforms. The agreement provides an outline for ensuring employers and workers realize fundamental principles and rights at work, in line with international labour standards.

FIFPro President Philippe Piat said: “The ILO agreement with Qatar will benefit players as workers, together with the creation of the QPA, the country’s first-ever association for professional footballers. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is inspiring progress in Qatar, and I expect the event and its legacy to be a big success. We look forward to working together with all parties representing football in Qatar to assist in ensuring that success.”

As part of its commitment to FIFPro, the QPA said that an agreement has been reached between relevant government bodies and officials from the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Stars League (QSL) to immediately implement the reforms announced by the Qatari government within the footballing administrative bodies. The ‘Kafala’ system will be replaced by an employer-employee contract.

"We’re pleased to see the end of restrictions on freedom of movement," Piat said. “By elevating the rights of players, it provides a promising new platform to build the game in Qatar. It is vital that players are adequately represented and with that in mind, we look forward to ratifying the QPA’s status as a full member of FIFPro at our board meeting in early February."

FIFPro and the QPA can also announce that a solution had been found in the long-running dispute between French-Algerian footballer, Zahir Belounis, and El-Jaish Sports Club. Belounis left Qatar in late 2013 amid claims of unpaid wages.

"FIFPro has been advising Zahir Belounis for some time and with the assistance and mediation of the QPA we were able to negotiate a fair settlement," Piat said. "We’re happy to move on and thankful to all who made this agreement possible.”

The QPA and FIFPro are now working towards reviewing and the implementation of a standard employment contract to guarantee minimum working conditions, as well as reviewing the existing Foundation of Qatar Sports Arbitration rules to ensure that players have access to a fair, football-specific legal system in the event of dispute.

“We have worked hard to establish the QPA as an integral entity within the Qatari football family and as a respected and independant players’ representation organisation on the international stage.” QPA President Salman Al Ansari said.

“The Zahir Belounis’ case underlined the importance of the existence and recognition of the QPA. We worked diligently - along with FIFPro and numerous local stakeholders to ensure that solutions were found satisyfing all parties.

“We are pleased to hear that our status as official FIFPro member will be approved, and very much appreciate President Piat’s words of support. This is an important step for the development of our organisation."

"Existing within FIFPro’s framework provides us with the support system required to properly ensure that the rights of our players are protected inside and outside of Qatar and we look forward to a long and productive relationship."

Photo: FIFPro General-Secretary Theo van Seggelen and FIFPro President Philippe Piat meet with Qatar's Minister for Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Dr Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi, in Doha (28 December, 2017)

2016-2017 World 11: what the players say

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 13:03

FIFPro and FIFA announced the 2016-2017 World 11 in London. A video impression of what the award means for the world's top players.

Universal Declaration of Player Rights unveiled

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:53

Today, the world’s leading player associations unveiled the Universal Declaration of Player Rights (the Declaration) to protect players from ongoing and systemic human rights violations in global sport.

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FIFPro women's football survey published

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:50

FIFPro today publishes the 2017 FIFPro Global Employment Report on working conditions in women’s football.

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Significant wage increase for Dutch women

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:32

The players of the Dutch women’s national team have reached a new agreement to increase their compensation significantly.

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CAF joins FIFPro Africa in fight for pay

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:03

African football’s top official has pledged to take action after FIFPro research found 56% of players on the continent are paid late.

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FIFPro seeks justice for Turkish player

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:01

FIFPro calls for investigation after Mertcan Cam was allegedly attacked by club president.

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FIFPro welcomes four new members

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:14

Player unions in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gabon, Honduras and Panama have officially become FIFPro members.

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Disabled player is a hero for Romanian children

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:44

“It is like a Christmas gift,” said former Romanian international footballer Mihai Nesu after receiving the FIFPro Merit Award for his work with disabled children.

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Dutch player union endorsed as intermediary

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:49

Dutch player union VVCS has been recognized as a trusted intermediary by the national football association.

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Two women players join FIFPro board

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:23

FIFPro has elected two women footballers to its global board.

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First collective labour agreement in Slovenia

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 08:52

Footballers in Slovenia will soon have better legal protection thanks to a new agreement which their union is brokering.

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Danish women's team negotiates new deal

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 16:05

The Danish national women’s team has successfully negotiated an improved deal on working conditions.

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Swedish women move towards equality

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:31

The Swedish women’s national team agreed to a new deal, which brings their pay and conditions closer to the men’s team.

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Piat: Football's changing for the better

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:51

FIFPro President Philippe Piat says the six-year cooperation agreement with FIFA is designed to help improve conditions for tens of thousands of professional footballers.

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