A survey by FIFPRO found that most players in the 2023 Women’s World Cup lacked sufficient support, impacting their physical and mental well-being, rest time, and financial compensation.
Survey Findings Impacting Players
A survey conducted by FIFPRO revealed that a majority of the players who participated in the 2023 Women’s World Cup struggled due to insufficient preparation time, a condensed match calendar, and inadequate staffing. Results showed that most players did not feel physically prepared, lacked rest before and after the tournament, and had insufficient recovery time when re-joining their clubs. This impacted their physical and mental well-being, posing a risk of injuries and burn-out.
Challenges and Inadequacies
The survey highlighted various challenges faced by the players, including the lack of rest and recovery time, inadequate preparation and recovery support, and the demanding schedule with little time between tournaments. Additionally, increased staff numbers did not necessarily translate to better support, as many players found the quality and qualifications of technical staff lacking. Mental health support was also reported to be insufficient, further impacting the well-being of the players.
Financial Compensation and Tax Issues
The survey also shed light on the financial challenges faced by the players. While some improvements were noted, such as business class travel, issues with prize money distribution and taxes arose, particularly affecting players competing in different countries with varying tax regulations. This unequal distribution raised concerns about the overall financial support for women’s football players, especially considering the disparities in earnings and the need for some players to work second jobs to make ends meet.
Call for Improved Regulations and Support
FIFPRO emphasized the need for better regulations and support for women’s football, including adequate rest and recovery time, quality staffing, mental health support, and fair financial compensation. The global union also called for considerations of tax implications when awarding hosting rights for major tournaments to ensure equal support for players. These findings call for urgent action to address the various challenges faced by women’s World Cup players and enhance their overall well-being.