Female players and coaches set to benefit for the latest FIFA move

Female players and coaches are set to benefit for the latest FIFA move, which seeks to further protect them during and after pregnancy. 

It includes the addition of a minimum of 14 weeks paid maternity leave for coaches, having previously been in place for just players, and the change also covers non biological mothers.

If they chose to go the route of adoption, players and coaches will be granted a period of leave that will be dependent on their child’s age, while family leave is available for parents who are not the biological mother.

There are also changes to player registration, allowing clubs to sign players outside of a transfer window if a squad member has taken maternity, adoption or family leave.

Players will also be entitled to request absence from training or matches because of menstrual health reasons, while still receiving full pay.

The changes from football’s world governing body will come into place from June 1 and was approved by the fifa council in May.


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