FIFA proposes mandatory maternity leave for women players

MANCHESTER, England— FIFA is to introduce new regulations to protect the rights of women players, including mandatory maternity leave, world soccer’s governing body said on Thursday.

The reforms have been put forward by FIFA’s Football Stakeholders Committee (FSC) and will go to FIFA’s Council next month for approval.

While many players in Europe are already protected by employment law in their given countries, FIFA says its aim is to create “new global minimum standards” for female players all over the world, given the rapid emergence of new clubs and leagues globally.

The proposed rules include a mandatory maternity leave of 14 weeks, at a minimum of two thirds of the pl…

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