2023 Men's Annual Report: Extreme Calendar Congestion: The Adverse Effects On Player Health & Wellbeing
The 2023 annual report provides a focused overview of the unprecedented workload demands placed upon the leading players in men’s football across the 2022/23 season. This publication follows on from two mid-season PWM flash reports, in which the pre-World Cup months and post-World Cup period were scrutinised from a workload perspective. These periods saw dangerous levels of fixture congestion, as competing competitions vied to complete their competition calendars.
The extreme levels of calendar congestion evident over the course of the season posed a pressing danger to the physical and mental health of players. The increasing demands placed upon the game’s leading young players must also be reflected upon as concerns grow for the health and longevity of their burgeoning careers. Furthermore, the fixture congestion witnessed across the past season seems likely to further increase over the coming years as new competitions and expanded formats continue to add more matches.
All of this continues without the implementation of fundamental workload safeguards, placing the future of the game’s key contributors, the players, at risk.
Previous reports by Football Benchmark & FIFPRO on Men's football:
- FIFA World Cup 2022: Post-Tournament Review & Player Survey - March 2023
- FIFA World Cup 2022: The Player Worload Journey - December 2022
- Player & High-Performance Coach Surveys - May 2022
- Annual Workload Report - October 2021
- Flash report focusing on the Covid-impacted calendar - May 2021