Union list aims at women’s football close to professionalization

Bringing women’s football closer to professionalization is one of the strategic priorities of the “From players to players” candidacy for the next elections of the Professional Football Players Union (SJPF).

“It involves ensuring a salary base common to all athletes, as is done in the Spanish league. The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) wanted to impose a salary cap, but we always defend that, before there is a cap, there has to be a base ”, the vice president of the list, Ana Filipa Lopes, of Clube Condeixa, told Lusa. .

Involving athletes from professional and non-professional championships, the application recognizes the need to have “investors and partnerships” to replicate “good examples from other countries” and “work for the growth” of the sport.

“Right now, the sport with the greatest capacity to evolve in the world is women’s football. AI Liga is supported by Banco BPI, but we may have to adopt other strategies. We believe that it is possible to fulfill the dream that all players have in the next four years ”, added the Portuguese international midfielder, nicknamed Tita’s football.

In this ambition to give a “different expression” to women’s football, the president of the list, Guinean international Ibraim Cassamá, from Real Massamá, recalls that “sustainable growth depends on the will for the change to be carried out”.

“The result will not depend only on us, but on the synergies that will have to be created with the entities that have decision-making power. We will create proposals after proposals until we are able to match male and female football, knowing that the player and the player are the most important part of the process ”, the midfielder told Lusa.

Ibraim Cassamá underlines Tita’s active voice transmitted through the “Futebol Sem Género” movement, which led the FPF to retreat in the intention of imposing a salary cap on the players, wishing that the sector can be more proactive in defending their rights.

“I give an example: players have been subjected to games every three days and should be heard more. You really need to understand what is happening and what your sensitivities are. Of course, competition is important, but people have to understand that on the other side there is a man and not a machine ”, he observed.

In favor of the “uncompromising defense of footballers”, who “must be an example in society and not just someone who knows how to kick a ball”, the candidacy “From players to players” strives for close relations with civil society.

“I play for Condeixa and, if I get injured, I will probably be on the waiting list for half a year to ask for a resonance. When I was at Benfica, on the same day or the next day, I would already be at Hospital da Luz. It is one of the agreements we want to make to help many more players not to stop doing what they like ”, signaled Tita.

The practitioners’ mental health area, on the other hand, will be controlled by “professionals in the field directly linked to sport”, not least because being a player nowadays “causes several circumstances that often lead them to think about things they shouldn’t”.

“It would have to be just waking up, focusing on food, resting and training. For this reason, we want to implement coaching aimed at the athlete, both in post-career work and in how to deal with frustration, either on normal occasions of defeat in a game or through contracts that create dreams and things don’t go as smoothly. well, ”he noted.

The set of proposals also includes the creation of a job exchange for ex-players who maintain a work activity parallel to football or the restructuring of the financial assumptions applied to the SAD of professional clubs.

As for futsal and beach football, two modalities tutored by the FPF and inserted in the Portuguese Association of Amateur Players (APJA), the candidacy of Ibraim Cassamá and Ana Filipa Lopes defends the affiliation of the respective practitioners in the SJPF.

“The football player cannot be the weakest link in his profession. When you go to the stadium, you will not see chairs or a sports director. You sit on the couch to watch a footballer doing his job. We have to respect each other, including presidents, media and referees, ”advised the ‘captain’ of Real Massamá.

The list “From players to players” is an unprecedented opposition to Joaquim Evangelista, who has led the SJPF for 17 consecutive years and has not yet revealed whether he will run for a fifth term in the next elections, which should take place by the end of March.

In the event of a triumph, Tita admits “hanging up his boots”, while Ibraim prefers to relegate the decision “to the background”, directing efforts to “a quiet and transparent walk”, aware that he is surrounded by “the right people to make a difference” .

Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.

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