World football governing body FIFA are set to introduce new regulations to protect the rights of women players, including mandatory maternity leave.
FIFA said on Thursday that the reforms have been put forward by FIFA’s Football Stakeholders Committee (FSC) and will go to FIFA’s Council next month for approval.
The new rules will mean that clubs are mandated to allow at least 14 weeks of maternity leave paid at a minimum two-thirds of a player’s full salary.
“As we try to accelerate the professionalisation of the women’s game, which is one of our strategic objectives, it is really important that we evolve and adapt the regulatory framework around the game at the same time. This is a very good example,” FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer, Sarai Bareman 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 rules are expected to be approved by the FIFA Council next month and would take effect on January 1, 2020.
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By Ofhani Munyai