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.