23 November 2020
New FIFA regulations will finally help protect the rights of female professional footballers who want to have children during their playing careers.
In a ground-breaking announcement made on 19 November, professional female footballers will be entitled to a minimum 14-week paid maternity leave, of which at least eight weeks must occur after the birth of the child.
The new regulations are minimum conditions agreed on by FIFA, FIFPRO and other stakeholders and will come into effect from 1 January 2021. Other key points include:
“This is such an impactful and meaningful addition to our sport,” Jodie Taylor, England player and also a member of the Global Player Council, told FIFPRO's official website.
“Women’s footballers need these types of regulations to ensure that we can continue our careers confident that adequate provisions are in place should we decide to have children, which is both reassuring for us as players and reflective of what the professional game needs to keep growing.
"Hopefully this is the beginning of even more progressive and inclusive policies for female players.”
To read the Player Pregnancy & Parental Management FIFPRO policy guide please click on the link here.
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