FIFPro Extends Their Support To FPAI

Friday, 17 March 2017|Abhishek Mukherjee


FIFPro, the worldwide representative organisation for all professional footballers, have declared their wholehearted support to FPAI regarding the ISL draft system controversy. 

The Football Players' Association of India recently voiced their displeasure regarding the resurrection of the draft system in the ISL. They were also critical of the enforced salary cap - something which caused the franchises to spend much more on Foreign Players while cutting down salaries on Indian Players. 

Days after FPAI voiced their concerns, AIFF issued a statement claiming that they do not recognise the FPAI.

Now with FIFPro providing FPAI with the much-needed backup, it will be interesting the see whether AIFF and IMG-R changes their stance. 

The Press Release from FIFPro is as follows : 

FIFPro fully supports moves by the Indian players union to make sure it is consulted by the Indian Super League over rules for next season.

The Football Players Association of India (FPAI) is concerned that the league wants to unilaterally impose a draft system for the 2017-8 season against the wishes of most of its nearly 500 members.

“It is imperative that the players – the stars of the Indian Super League – are able to negotiate their own working conditions,” FIFPro General Secretary Theo van Seggelen said.

“The Indian Super League cannot impose conditions to fit with its business model without consulting players.”

In the last few weeks, the FPAI has consulted players at all 10 clubs in the I-League to ask them their views on re-introducing the draft system that was dropped for last season. Most of the I-League players also take part in the Indian Super League, which resumes in November.

Players are unhappy with a draft system because they could be moved on to a different club against their will and not have the right to negotiate their salary.

The union also wants to discuss rules that restrict contracts to one year, impose quotas on the number of Indian players and fix a squad salary cap.