MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – FIFA is to introduce new rules to guard the rights of ladies gamers, together with necessary maternity depart, world soccer’s governing physique mentioned on Thursday.
The reforms have been put ahead by FIFA’s Soccer Stakeholders Committee (FSC) and can go to FIFA’s Council subsequent month for approval.
Whereas many gamers in Europe are already protected by employment regulation of their given nations, FIFA says its goal is to create “new world minimal requirements” for feminine gamers everywhere in the world, given the speedy emergence of latest golf equipment and leagues globally.
The proposed guidelines embrace a compulsory maternity depart of 14 weeks, at a minimal of two thirds of the participant’s contracted wage and a assure that “no feminine participant ought to undergo a drawback because of turning into pregnant”.
The deliberate rules additionally state that on their return to work after maternity depart, golf equipment should “reintegrate feminine gamers and supply enough medical and bodily assist”.
Ladies gamers’ contractual rights had been already coated by the present rules for all footballers however the modifications are a bid to handle particular issues for feminine gamers and are considered as a primary minimal that may be utilized in all nations.
“As we attempt to speed up the professionalisation of the ladies’s sport, which is certainly one of our strategic targets, it’s actually vital that we evolve and adapt the regulatory framework across the sport on the similar time. This can be a excellent instance,” Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Ladies’s Soccer Officer, advised reporters.
“We wish to see extra girls having the ability to earn a dwelling taking part in soccer while on the similar time having the ability to have a household life and being moms. It is vital that we offer the mandatory regulatory framework to guard these girls,” she added.
The brand new rules additionally search to handle issues for coaches working internationally.
Till now coaches’ contracts have been topic to the identical rules as gamers however FIFA needs to introduce particular language to take care of the rights of coaches.
“The goal is to guard contractual stability, obtain larger transparency and make it possible for coaches additionally receives a commission on time,” FIFA mentioned in a press release.
(Reporting by Simon Evans, modifying by Ed Osmond)