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.

A Calendar That Respects Players' Health

FIFPRO’s report of May 2022 highlights the load on individual footballers in an ever more demanding match calendar. It concludes that professional footballers want rules to guard against heavy workload, specifically increasing match congestion and travel burden at the top of the game. The new report, prepared in cooperation with Football Benchmark, consolidates the findings of two recent surveys around players’ workload – the FIFPRO Global Player Survey and the FIFPRO High-Performance Coach Survey


The surveys revealed that both players and coaches support new measures that would guarantee a minimum-length off-season break and limit repeated back-to-back games. Only 26 percent of players want to maintain international windows in their current form. Meanwhile, 82 percent of performance experts (half of whom have national team experience) said they have witnessed overload causing players mental health problems and lifestyle issues. The report lists six key factors that should be considered when creating a football calendar that respects players’ health.

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

Previous reports by FIFPRO on Men's football:

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 below

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