20th November 2016
In the past few days MFPA attended FIFPro’s annual congress in Costa Rica. During the said congress a number of items were discussed including the embedding of player rights at the global level of sport, the position of the players and unions in the future of football, FIFPro Women’s Football Strategy, labour market research, code of conduct and disciplinary code, social responsibility and the Management, Development and Accounting system (MDAS) for each players union.
It was also announced that the MFPA’s proposal to host the prestigious European congress in 2017 has been accepted. Together with Malta two other countries had also been vying for the honour to host this event. However in the end MFPA’s proposal was upheld. MFPA has been a full member of FIFPro since 2014 and in just 3 years, they will be entrusted with hosting this important congress.
Moreover, at the end of this November month, Malta will also welcome a delegation from FIFPro, together with ECA, EPFL and UEFA so that the implementation of the minimum requirements can be again discussed. Amongst the things to be discussed, at the forefront will be: the matters of parameters, standard contract for players and the composition of the relevant board that hears cases between clubs and players. All this in light of the fact that unfortunately Malta has been identified together with 4 other European countries, as one of the countries in a state of urgency. This task force has already met in Malta 2 years ago and since then few progress has been made in this regard.