UEFA has concluded a “historic” agreement to ensure minimum standards are in place for player contracts in the European Union (EU) and the rest of the governing body’s territory.
The agreement, was signed last Thursday between UEFA, the European Professional Football Leagues, the European Club Association and FIFPro Division Europe, the union for players.
The aim of the agreement is to set out minimum requirements for players’ contracts in order to protect both players and clubs.
“We got here through a lot of work, good faith and mutual trust,” explained UEFA president Michel Platini.
“I would like to thank all parties, and especially the European Commission, for providing the framework for this dialogue. Protecting players has been a key priority for me since I became the president of UEFA.”
The contract between player and club must be in writing, define basic rights and duties including training, salary, health insurance, social security and paid leave, as well as how disputes are resolved under applicable law.