FIFA to lunch global fund for player salary protection

FIFA and FIFPRO, the World Players’ Union, have agreed to set up the FIFA Fund for Football Players (FIFA FFP), which aims to provide financial support to players who have not been paid and get no opportunity of properly receiving the wages agreed with their clubs.

FIFA has put aside USD 16m for the fund up to 2022, with this allocation to be divided as follows: USD 3m in 2020, USD 4m in 2021 and USD 4m in 2022, in addition to a further USD 5m put aside for the retroactive protection of players’ salaries for the period between July 2015 and June 2020.

Several recent reports – including FIFPRO’s own 2016 Global Employment Report: Working Conditions in Professional Football – have bore witness to the proliferation of cases including the non-payment of players’ salaries over the world.

In 2019, FIFA modified its Disciplinary Code, wherein it reinforced the system for dealing the non-payment of players’ wages, especially in circumstances including purported brandishing successors of debtor clubs, i.e new clubs shaped with the prime aim of avoiding paying players their overdue salaries.

The agreement conceives the establishment of a monitoring panel made out of FIFA and FIFPRO agents to process, survey and follow up on applications for grants from the FIFA FFP. While these grants won’t cover full amount of salaries owed to players, this fund will give a significant safety net.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino welcomed this new initiative, expressing: “This agreement and our commitment to helping players in a troublesome circumstance show how we decipher our job as world football’s governing body. We are likewise here to reach out to those in need, particularly inside the football community, and that begins with the players, who are the key figures in our game.”

In like manner, FIFPRO President Philippe Piat had the following to state about the fund: “In excess of 50 clubs in 20 nations have closed over the most recent five years, diving many footballers into vulnerability and hardship. This fund will offer significant help to those players and families most in need.

A significant number of these clubs have closed to avoid paying outstanding wages, quickly re-forming as alleged new clubs.

FIFPRO has since a long time ago campaigned against this corrupt practice and expresses gratitude toward FIFA for battling it in its Disciplinary Code.”

This new system will come into operation on 1 July 2020.