Player Injuries: FIFA’s Club Protection Program

by | Nov 21, 2023 | Football

Vinícius Júnior, Haaland, and Gavi, among other prominent players in the international football scene, have faced injuries in their recent national team appearances. As part of FIFA’s Club Protection Program, implemented since 2012, the respective clubs of these players may be eligible to receive substantial financial compensations, depending on the duration of the athlete’s absence due to the injury.

FIFA grants compensation to clubs when a player gets injured during national team commitments and remains inactive for more than 28 consecutive days. Any period less than this threshold is not covered by FIFA.

The latest version of FIFA’s Club Protection Program is valid from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2026. The reimbursement is calculated based on the player’s fixed salary, excluding medical costs. The coverage applies to both male and female players with professional contracts with the respective club.

The program offers a maximum compensation of 7.5 million euros per player and injury, equivalent to about 20,500 euros per day. The total amount allocated to FIFA’s Club Protection Program is 80 million euros per year.

This coverage extends throughout the period when the athlete is involved with the national team, including not only games but also training and travel. Protection begins at the time of travel to join the national team, whether from home or the club’s facilities, and ends at midnight on the day of the return home or to the club, or 48 hours after leaving the national team.

FIFA ensures that all football clubs are protected in cases of total temporary disability resulting from accidents suffered by their players during the “operational time.” Compensation ceases when the player is no longer fully incapacitated and can resume all training activities with their team or participate in games.

It is important to note that FIFA does not grant compensation to clubs if players play for the national teams while already injured, exacerbating the situation. The protection program will also be in effect during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with differentiated values, with a maximum of 500,000 euros for clubs per player and injury.

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