Selin ATAY-TDO- FIFA has announced that under new employment rules female soccer players' rights to 14 weeks of maternity leave will be protected.
"By law, the women's footballer's club will be under an obligation to reintegrate her postpartum activity and provide her with adequate medical support," the federation said in a statement.
The football stakeholders Board (FSC) is giving priority to the creation of new global minimum standards for women's football under the reformed laws it has submitted to FIFA.
Under the proposal, which specifically aims to prevent loss of Rights caused by pregnancy, women will be allocated at least 14 weeks of maternity leave. In addition, female footballers will be paid 2 out of 3 of the salary in the contract during the leave period.
As well as female footballers, female coaches are also targeted for formal contract protection in the proposal.
FIFA's Chief Legal Officer Emilio Garcia said in a statement that FIFA had never been interested in female coaches for the past 120 years. Garcia also argued that the new rules would benefit coaches working internationally, saying " the contract aims to provide more transparency and pay coaches on time."
Under the new employment rules, clubs that fail to meet their obligations and terminate the contract of their pregnant player will have to pay a fine and be banned from the transfer market for a year.
The rules, created with the help of the World players ' union FIFPro, will be approved by the FIFA Council next month and come into force on January 1.