One of the main points highlighted by the report is the lack of financial sustainability in women’s national teams football: 29% of players did not receive any payment from their national team during the World Cup qualifying process, 52% said they were given a daily allowance, and 25% reported receiving match incentives for wins.
“During qualification the conditions that the players are exposed to and expected to deliver in, during some of the biggest competitive moments of their lives, are not up to the standards of elite international football, putting both the players and the sport at risk. In highlighting these conditions and the status of players across the globe, FIFPro firmly calls on the industry to take a closer look at the qualification processes in each of the six confederations. This is so we all can commit to meaningful changes that look at the overall opportunities the FIFA Women’s World Cup can deliver to a greater number of players than those that just appear at the final tournament in July and August this year”, the foreword to the qualifying conditions report, co-signed by Fifpro president David Aganzo and general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann.
The report also points to issues in terms of medical coverage and training facilities: 70% of players were not provided with a pre-tournament ECG heart check-up, 54% were not provided with a pre-tournament medical, 66% said recovery facilities were not of an elite standard or did not exist, and 70% said that gym facilities were not of an elite standard.
“Any stat below 100% in access to important medical checks is unacceptable. We just want to work with whoever wants to work with us, particularly FIFA and the confederations, to understand why that is the case and how that can be prevented because that is certainly not something that should be acceptable to anybody”, Sarah Gregorius, the director of global policy and strategic relations for women’s football at FIFPro, said.