Female players and coaches to be provided with additional protections to their well-being

The FIFA Council approved these changes in May 2024, aiming to expand the rights and protections for adoptive parents and non-biological mothers. Additionally, they will acknowledge the physical, psychological, and social aspects when it comes to employment challenges caused by severe menstruation or pregnancy-related medical complications. Member associations will also be encouraged to allow female players to have contact with their families while on international duty.

“FIFA is fully committed to implementing a comprehensive regulatory framework that is both robust and appropriate for the evolving needs of female players and coaches,” stated Emilio García Silvero, FIFA’s Chief Legal & Compliance Officer. “To ensure the continued growth of the sport, it is crucial that we take a holistic approach to player well-being, which includes addressing the legal aspects.”

“As a modern organization, FIFA has a responsibility to listen to the key participants and adjust its regulations to the increasingly intricate dynamics of professional football. We extend our gratitude to all the stakeholders who have contributed to the development of these robust rules, and eagerly anticipate their implementation, which we believe will have a positive impact on the lives and careers of women in football.”

Ellis, who served as the head of FIFA’s Technical Study Group at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ and coached the USA to victory in the Women’s World Cup in both 2015 and 2019, expressed her thoughts on the matter, stating, “I consider this to be a significant declaration. These are substantial measures taken to normalize the experiences we face as women… This is what we aim to provide at every level, be it at club level or on the national team – the opportunity for professional players to also embrace motherhood.”

The steps address key aspects outlined in Goal 2 of FIFA’s Strategic Objectives for the Global Game: 2023-2027, which outline the organization’s dedication to exploring and implementing additional measures to ensure the well-being of players and coaches.

Similar to Ellis, Fatmire Alushi, a former German international and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion in 2007, personally understands the challenges of balancing motherhood with a career in football. “I greatly appreciate FIFA’s involvement in protecting pregnant women, allowing them to experience their pregnancy with a sense of security and receive support during and after,” expressed the mother of four.

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