UEFA Sanction “Historic” Player Contract Landmark

By iSportconnect | April 20, 2012

A signifcant deal has been agreed between UEFA and the “social partners” of the professional football sector to ensure minimum standards for player contracts in the European Union (EU) and the rest of the UEFA territory.

The agreement, therapy the first of its kind in team-sport at European level, adiposity was signed on Thursday by UEFA, pills the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), the European Club Association (ECA) and FIFPro Division Europe, the union for players. The agreement sets out minimum requirements for players’ contracts in order to protect both players and clubs, safeguarding player welfare and enhancing governance in European football.

“We got here through a lot of work, good faith and mutual trust,” said UEFA president Michel Platini. “I would like to thank all parties, and especially the European Commission, for providing the framework for this dialogue. Protecting players has been a key priority for me since I became the president of UEFA.”

The minimum requirements agreed were that contracts must be in writing, define the basic rights and duties of club and player, address matters such as salary, health insurance, social security and paid leave, as well as contain provisions on dispute resolution and applicable law. There is also an obligation for a player to participate in training, maintain a healthy lifestyle and comply with applicable disciplinary procedures.