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Maternity support for female footballers welcomed as 'essential step' for the game

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Proposed new measures supporting female professional footballers who have children during their playing careers have been welcomed as an "essential step" for the game.

(CNN)Proposed new measures supporting female professional footballers who have children during their playing careers have been welcomed as an "essential step" for the game.

FIFA announced on Thursday that its Football Stakeholders Committee (FSC) has backed reforms that would see women granted a minimum 14-week maternity leave -- eight weeks of which must occur after the child's birth -- on at least two-thirds of their salary.

"This is a hugely important and essential step for women's football -- for the players and for the sustainable growth of the game," said Gabriela Garton, a goalkeeper for Argentina.

"We as players need these types of provisions and protections so that nobody has to choose between starting a family and continuing their football career, as some have had to do in the past. "

The measures were welcomed by FIFPro, the global representative for professional football players, for whom Garton is a Global Player Council member.

A FIFPro report from 2017 revealed that only two percent of female players had children and 47% said they would retire prematurely to start a family on the basis of inadequate childcare provisions in the game.

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