FIFPRO Player Workload Monitoring (PWM) platform and reports

01.02.2022

Developed and operated jointly by FIFPRO and Football Benchmark, the new FIFPRO PWM platform provides extensive data about the workload of professional footballers.

The cutting-edge platform addresses the growing need for aggregated player workload data by delivering information about the playing time, travel and recovery periods of a sample of male and female footballers. The open, digital platform is aimed at helping football industry stakeholders make informed decisions in designing the next generation of national and international competitions so that they are sustainable, integrated, and benefit footballers and the game as a whole.

FIFPRO also prepared several reports on the workload of both male and female footballers. All studies have been prepared in cooperation with Football Benchmark, with report data sourced from the PWM platform.

What you find inside the tool

The FIFPRO PWM platform is public facing and available for player unions and stakeholders as well as fans, media and sports scientists. It includes a wide range of metrics such as the number of minutes players are on the pitch, the accumulated duration of their international travel, and the length of their rest and recovery periods.

FIFPRO and Football Benchmark have agreed to a detailed plan to develop the platform over the next three years. Regular data updates will enable comparisons between players and competitions around the world, and measure changes across different seasons.

Annual Workload Report - Men’s Football

The research reveals that a large number of players do not get the recommended five days of rest before most of their matches. The report provides scientific analysis on player workload and match scheduling over the last three years, covering some 40,000 appearances by a sample of 265 male players from 44 domestic leagues across six confederations and includes club and national team matches. The amount of back-to-back matches in elite men’s professional football has increased over the last three years, with some footballers spending 70 to 80 percent of their playing time in a two-game-a-week rhythm. Increasing player workload, together with extensive travel and reduced off- and in-season breaks constitute a critical issue not only for players’ health but also for the sustainable development of football, according to the report produced in association with Football Benchmark.

Download the new report here or click on the image below.

See a previous report focusing on the Covid-impacted calendar.

Annual Workload Report - Women’s Football

FIFPRO’s annual report, produced in association with Football Benchmark, reveals that uneven match calendar and a shortage of competitive matches are limiting the development of the women’s game. The study covers a sample of 85 leading players, who, on average, participated in fewer than 30 matches last season. The overall calendar is also sporadic with long quiet periods followed by high numbers of games in a short timeframe: e.g: American Crystal Dunn played 10 games in 57 days following a period with no matches in four months.

The report also found that 26% of competitive minutes came from national team games, showing a lack of international club tournaments and the small size of many professional domestic leagues. FIFPRO calls for better scheduling and competition reforms aiming for more club competitions to bring more opportunity and stability for players. Application of women’s football-specific sports science and medical conditions are also needed to safeguard players and improve performance, the report says.

Download here or click on the image to the right. 

Download here or click on the image below

See a previous report focusing on the COVID-impacted calendar in women’s football.