FIFA is to introduce new regulations to protect the rights of women players, including mandatory maternity leave, the world football governing body said on Thursday.
The reforms have been put forward by FIFA’s Football Stakeholders Committee (FSC) and will go to FIFA’s Council in December for approval, says PM News.
New rules include mandatory maternity leave of at least 14 weeks, at a minimum of two thirds of contracted salary.
When players return to their clubs, they must be fully reintegrated and provided with medical and physical support.
“No female player should ever suffer a disadvantage as a result of becoming pregnant, thus securing greater employment protection for women in football,” FIFA said, in a report by SportingLife.
“This is a very good example,” Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer, told reporters.
“We want to see more women being able to earn a living playing football whilst at the same time being able to have a family life and being mothers.
“It is important that we provide the necessary regulatory framework to protect those women,” she added.
The new regulations also seek to address problems for coaches working internationally.
Until now coaches’ contracts have been subject to the same regulations as players, but FIFA wants to introduce specific language to deal with the rights of coaches.