Football – Towards maternity leave of at least 3 months

FIFA intends to better protect pregnant players and wants to force clubs to no longer dismiss them because of their pregnancy.

Alex Morgan is aiming for the Tokyo Olympics after giving birth to a baby girl last May.

KEYSTONE

“We want to see more women play football, and at the same time have a family,” Sarai Bareman, head of women’s football at the world body, told several journalists after a meeting of its Commission of stakeholders. soccer.

FIFA therefore announced Thursday that it would propose at its December Council a series of measures immediately applicable to its 211 member federations, which currently offer a very unequal framework according to local laws and practices.

The Zurich body has not been aware of “serious problems” so far, according to its legal director Emilio Garcia, but it intends to “anticipate” when women’s football is strongly accelerating its professionalization.

Crucial question in practice

Clubs engaged at the international level – therefore placed under the jurisdiction of FIFA – will first have to offer maternity leave “of at least 14 weeks”, remunerated “at least two thirds of the contractual salary” of the player.

They will be prohibited from “subjecting the validity of contracts to the fact that the player is pregnant or becomes pregnant”: in the event of dismissal for this reason, the club will be sanctioned not only financially but also “sporting”.

Finally, after maternity leave, the clubs will “reinstate the players and provide them with appropriate medical and physical support,” said Emilio Garcia, a question that promises to be crucial in practice.

Rare examples

An impact sport, football forces players to abandon traditional training early in their pregnancy, even when they are pursuing physical preparation, and several of them described the difficulty of returning to a high level after childbirth.

Professional footballers who continue their careers once they become mothers remain very rare, with the exception of American champions like Amy Rodriguez, Sydney Leroux or star scorer Alex Morgan, who is aiming for the Tokyo Olympics after giving birth to a little girl in last May.

AFP

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