FIFA Introduces Mandatory Maternity Leave For Pregnant Footballers
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has announced on Thursday that it plans to introduce new measures to protect the rights of women players, including mandatory maternity leave.
According to the world football governing body, the regulations were necessary given the rapid emergence of new clubs and leagues globally.
The proposed reforms, which have been put forward by FIFA’s Football Stakeholders Committee (FSC), will go to FIFA’s Council next month for approval.
The new measures will include a mandatory maternity leave of 14 weeks at a minimum of two-thirds of the player’s contracted salary, and there will be a guarantee that “no female player should suffer a disadvantage as a result of becoming pregnant.”
“We want to see more women being able to earn a living playing football whilst at the same time being able to have a family life and being mothers,” Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s chief women’s football officer, told journalists.
“It is important that we provide the necessary regulatory framework to protect those women,” she added.