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:

2022 UEFA Women's Euros Workload Journey Report

The report by FIFPRO and Football Benchmark reveals the considerable fragmentation of playing opportunities among players who participated at the 2022 UEFA European Women’s Championship this summer. The findings show that there is a huge gap in playing time in the 12 months leading up to the tournament among the 368 participants, which meant that they had vastly disparate levels of preparedness.


While national team players of England, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, and France had the most minutes on the pitch in domestic and international competitions over the preceding year, players of Denmark, Switzerland and Northern Ireland were among those who saw the least action on the pitch.
The FIFPRO report points out that lack of club games is limiting development opportunities, therefore more international club competitions are needed to provide meaningful competitive opportunities for more players. FIFPRO General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said: “We must seek to address this by collaborating closely with other professional football stakeholders in order to explore new ways to give many more players the necessary competitive opportunities that allow them to fully realise their potential.”

Download here or click on the image below

Previous reports by FIFPRO on Women's football: