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New FIFA rules to protect female football players' maternity rights

Female soccer players should soon get their maternity rights protected under new employment rules announced Thursday by FIFA.

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Female soccer players should soon get their maternity rights protected under new employment rules announced Thursday by

The governing body of soccer is preparing to mandate clubs to allow at least 14 weeks of paid at a minimum two-thirds of a player's full salary. National soccer bodies can insist on more generous terms.

Her club will be under an obligation to reintegrate her into football activity and provide adequate ongoing medical support, said.

Any club that ended a player's contract for becoming pregnant faces having to pay compensation and a fine, and being banned from the transfer market for one year.

The idea is to protect female players before, during and after childbirth, chief legal officer Emilio Garcia said on a conference call.

The move is seen as a key step in professionalizing women's soccer and respecting players' family lives after a successful 2019 World Cup and more investment by elite clubs in having a women's team.

United States forward Alex Morgan, a World Cup winner last year, signed with Tottenham in September, four months after giving birth to her first child. She played her first game this month.

The rules are expected to be approved by the FIFA Council next month and would take effect on Jan. 1.

Although FIFA's judicial bodies have not been presented with contract disputes over maternity rights, Garcia targeted getting ahead of potential problems in the fast-growing women's game.

We think these rules are part of common sense, he said of the move, which follow International Labor Organization standards on compensating

At least eight weeks of the 14-week minimum must be after the player gives birth.

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First Published: Fri, November 20 2020. 03:27 IST