No football player should ever be disadvantaged in her sport after becoming pregnant. That is the aim of the world football association FIFA, which wants to introduce a series of measures before the end of this year to better protect players during and after their pregnancy.
Expectant soccer players must be able to go on maternity leave with their club for at least fourteen weeks. During this period, players must receive at least two-thirds of their normal salary. Clubs firing soccer players after becoming pregnant can expect financial and sporting sanctions.
FIFA also wants to include in the regulations that players receive adequate medical and physical assistance after their delivery to return to their club level. “All these reforms are needed at a time when women’s football is developing very strongly,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said.