Player rights policies and resources

The World Players Association takes a knowledge driven approach to its work. Some key policies are below:

Athletes’ Rights White Paper, January 2017

This paper, prepared as part of the work of the Mega Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights, makes a number of important observations:

  • There is presently an absence of a binding and standing human rights policy and capacity across professional sport within sporting bodies that deals with the human rights of athletes
  • A human rights due diligence process is often absent from the governance, regulation and conduct of sporting bodies in relation to the athletes
  • Collective bargaining and social dialogue are not widespread
  • Despite the substantial legal capacity of sporting bodies to protect, promote and enforce the human rights of athletes through a sports based grievance mechanism, such a mechanism has not been created.

White Paper

White Paper Remedy Mechanisms for Human Rights in the Sports Context, January 2017

This paper maps out various means of access to remedy in a sport-related context, including mechanisms within selected sports bodies and institutions, and identifies current gaps in dealing with human rights-related issues, as well as judicial and non-judicial mechanisms that may be used to deal with human rights issues

White Paper Remedy Mechanisms

Report on the Economics of International Sporting Federations, October 2016

This report, prepared internally by World Players, reports on the revenues of International Sporting Federations including the IOC, FIFA, UEFA, the ICC and World Rugby, and the distribution of those revenues. Despite bigger tournaments with more games to drive revenue growth, the billions of dollars in revenues are, in the main, presently not being shared with the players be they the players directly involved in the events or generally through investment in player protection, development and wellbeing.

Report on the Economics of International Sporting Federations

Gender Equality Principles, April 2016

The application of the Gender Equality Principles of World Players will ensure that sporting organisations employ female players on terms that meet their obligations under international labour and anti-discrimination standards.

Gender Equality Principles

Statement of Concern on the Effectiveness and Fairness of Anti-Doping Policy, April 2016

The April 2016 statement of World Players sets out ten fundamental concerns of the players regarding the effectiveness and fairness of current anti-doping policy.

Statement of Concern on the Effectiveness and Fairness of Anti-Doping Policy

2015 FIFPro sports law conference – ‘legal legends in sport and the future of sports law.’ The role of athletes in delivering the good governance of sport, December 2015

Despite claims by FIFA of fundamental and historic reforms to its governance and structure, this December 2015 presentation – made four months before the passage of the so-called reforms – highlights that the reforms failed to ask the most fundamental question – “who owns FIFA?”



Presentation at FIFPro

2015 ‘Play the Game’ conference, Aarhus, Denmark – the role of athletes in delivering the good governance of sport, October 2015

The widespread debate about good governance in sport largely ignores the role of the players.

Play the game paper

An explanation of UNI World Athletes, the global players’ and athletes’ association across professional sport, August 2015

Prepared for the website, this article explains the global movement that led to the establishment of the World Players Association (then called UNI World Athletes).

Explanation of UNI World Athletes

‘Organised athletes: a critical voice in sports governance’ – paper for Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report: Sport, July 2015

Transparency International’s landmark global corruption report into world sport includes the voice of the organised athletes of the world.

Organised Athletes

The Nyon Declaration, November 2011

The formal establishment of the World Players Association on 5 December 2014 was the culmination of the historic players’ summit held in Nyon, Switzerland on 14 and 15 November 2011, which brought together the global, regional and national player and athlete associations that now constitute the membership of the body. Expertly facilitated by Philip Jennings and Walter Palmer of UNI Global Union, the summit closed with the adoption of the ‘Nyon Declaration’.

The Nyon Declaration