COVID-19: Return to Play guidance for football players
10 June 2020
With leagues returning to play after being suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFPRO wants to offer some health principles to professional footballers.
The world players union is delighted to see clubs and players back on the pitch, training and competing again. However FIFPRO would like to emphasize that it is paramount to protect the health and safety of everyone involved, including players, staff and public.
Reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 must remain a priority.
In some countries there might be sufficient resources to frequently test players and staff for COVID-19, however FIFPRO is also aware that in many countries testing capacity is limited. Not all leagues and clubs can perform these tests regularly during the return to play period (which lasts until local COVID-19 measures are lifted).
To help players in these countries and to minimize the risks of spreading COVID-19, FIFPRO created guiding principles.
1. Basic principle
Remember that the key principle is to continue applying the local public health measures related to hygiene (hands, sports facilities and sports gear), social distancing and unecessary gatherings.