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Formation 1965
Region served
58 members
Official language
English, French, Spanish
Phillipe Piat

The Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels (English – International Federation of Professional Footballers), generally referred to as FIFPro, is the worldwide representative organisation for 65,000 professional football players. FIFPro, with its global headquarters in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, is made up of 58 national players' associations. In addition, there are three candidate members and seven observers.

Brief history

On 15 December 1965 representatives of the French, Scottish, English, Italian and Dutch players' associations met in Paris, with the objective of setting up an international federation for footballers.

In the second half of June 1966 the first FIFPro congress took place in London, just before the start of the World Championship. The articles of association of FIFPro were thereby adopted and the objectives accurately laid down. FIFPro was responsible for increasing the solidarity between professional football players and players' associations. FIFPro tried to offer the players' associations or other interest associations the means for mutual consultation and co-operation to achieve their objectives. In addition, it wished to co-ordinate the activities of the different affiliated groups in order to promote the interests of all professional football players. Indeed, FIFPro likewise had in mind propagating and defending the rights of professional football players. The emphasis was thereby laid on the freedom of the football player to be able to choose the club of his choice at the end of his contract. It was likewise laid down that FIFPro would be helpful in every required area for setting up interest associations. These are objectives which still apply to this day.

It was originally laid down that a congress would be held once every four years at a minimum – prior to the World Championship. The congress had to uphold the course set out and with a two-third majority vote. The congress is still the most important organ of FIFPro to this very day.

It soon appeared that it was necessary to organize a congress annually, and not to limit this to once every four years. Many congresses have been held in the meantime, such as for example in 1978 in Madrid and in 1979 in Athens and Venice. In the eighties and nineties many memorable congresses have been organized in almost all the large European cities, such as Paris, Athens, Milan, Manchester, Zürich, Ghent, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv, Rome, Johannesburg, Barcelona, Santiago and Budapest. The latest congress was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in November 2010.

The objectives of FIFPro also mean that not only FIFA applied as a talking partner. UEFA in particular, but also the European parliament and the European Commission appeared to be important points of approach. The national federations also started to become increasingly aware that, in addition to the national players' association, the international trade union FIFPro also played its role.

In recent years, FIFPro has grown from a European organization into a global network. The FIFPro has done much to support countries on other continents – Asia/Oceania, Africa and South America – in their efforts to set up players' associations. In October 2012, FIFPro welcomed the footballers' associations of Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro and Ukraine as its newest members.

In 2013, FIFPro launched a legal challenge against the transfer system.[1][2][3][4] FIFPro president Phillipe Piat said "the transfer system fails 99% of players around the world, it fails football as an industry and it fails the world's most beloved game". According to FIFPro's European president Bobby Barnes, 28% of the money from a transfer fee is paid to agents,[2] and that many players are not paid on time or at all.[2][3] He claims this leads to these players being "vulnerable targets of crime syndicates, who instigate match-fixing and threaten the very existence of credible football competitions".[1] Writing for the BBC, Matt Slater said "professional footballers do not enjoy the same freedoms that almost every other EU worker does",[4] and that "players look at US sport, and wonder why their career prospects are still constrained by transfer fees and compensation costs". Barnes argues that "the system encourages speculative, unsustainable, immoral and illegal investment models like third-party ownership of players".[3]

Current board

The FIFPro board consists of eleven members, including president Philippe Piat, for the term 2013–2017. He has been president since the FIFPro congress in Ljubljana in October 2013.[5] The board members are:[6]

In 1998 for the first time in FIFPro history a board member was elected by the General Assembly.


Founded on December 15, 1965, FIFPro has 58 full members, 2 candidate members and 5 observer members.[8][9] Upon graduation to the next level, new members sign an affiliation agreement that promotes loyalty, integrity and fairness as well as principles of good governance, including open and transparent communications, democratic processes, checks and balances, solidarity and corporate social responsibility.

Full members

  • Argentina Argentina
  • Australia Australia
  • Austria Austria
  • Belgium Belgium
  • Bolivia Bolivia
  • Brazil Brazil
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria
  • Cameroon Cameroon
  • Chile Chile
  • Colombia Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo Democratic Republic
  • Costa Rica Costa Rica
  • Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire
  • Croatia Croatia
  • Cyprus Cyprus
  • Japan Japan
  • Malaysia Malaysia
  • Malta Malta
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Morocco Morocco
  • Namibia Namibia
  • Netherlands Netherlands
  • New Zealand New Zealand
  • Norway Norway
  • State of Palestine Palestine
  • Paraguay Paraguay
  • Peru Peru
  • Poland Poland
  • Portugal Portugal
  • Romania Romania

Candidate members

  • Botswana Botswana
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan

Observer members

(Not official FIFPro members)

  • China People's Republic of China
  • Georgia (country) Georgia
  • Kenya Kenya

  • South Korea Korea Republic (South Korea)
  • Tunisia Tunisia


Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have the most appearances on the FIFPro World XI with 9 each.

Each year since 2005 FIFPro invited all professional footballers in the world to compose the best team of the year, named the FIFPro World XI. Every player was requested to pick one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.[10]

In 2009, the world players' union joined hands with FIFA. While the format remained the same, the award name changed to the FIFA FIFPro World XI. This became the only team award picked by all professional footballers worldwide. Each year in September, approximately 45,000 voting ballots are sent out to professional footballers' associations that are FIFPro members or candidate members, who are then asked to distribute the forms among all professional football players in their countries. In October these are returned to FIFPro's head office. At the end of November, FIFPro and FIFA together announce the 55-player shortlist, consisting of 5 goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards.[11]

In January the votes are counted, and the 11-man FIFA FIFPro World XI is revealed at the FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zürich, Switzerland.[11]

From 2005 until 2008, FIFPro also asked the footballers to choose the FIFPro Player of the Year. From 2009 on, the election for FIFPro Player of the Year merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year, and in 2010 combined with France Football's Ballon d'Or into one award, the FIFA Ballon d'Or.[12]


Players marked bold won the FIFA World Player of the Year (2005–2009) or the FIFA Ballon d'Or (2010–present) in that respective year.

Season Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2005[13] Brazil Dida (Milan) Brazil Cafu (Milan)
England John Terry (Chelsea)
Italy Alessandro Nesta (Milan)
Italy Paolo Maldini (Milan)
England Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
France Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
France Claude Makélélé (Chelsea)
Brazil Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
Cameroon Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona)
Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko (Milan)
2006[14] Italy Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) France Lilian Thuram (Juventus/Barcelona)
England John Terry (Chelsea)
Italy Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus/Real Madrid)
Italy Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus/Barcelona)
France Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
Brazil Kaká (Milan)
Italy Andrea Pirlo (Milan)
Brazil Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
Cameroon Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona)
France Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
2007[15] Italy Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Italy Alessandro Nesta (Milan)
Italy Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid)
England John Terry (Chelsea)
Spain Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
Brazil Kaká (Milan)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
England Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Brazil Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
Ivory Coast Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2008[16] Spain Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Spain Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Spain Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
England John Terry (Chelsea)
England Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
Brazil Kaká (Milan)
Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
England Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Spain Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2009[17] Spain Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Brazil Dani Alves (Barcelona)
England John Terry (Chelsea)
Serbia Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United)
France Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
England Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United/Real Madrid)
Spain Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2010[18] Spain Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Brazil Maicon (Internazionale)
Brazil Lúcio (Internazionale)
Spain Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
Spain Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder (Internazionale)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Spain David Villa (Valencia/Barcelona)
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2011[19] Spain Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Spain Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Spain Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
Serbia Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United)
Brazil Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
Spain Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
England Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2012[20] Spain Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Spain Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Brazil Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Spain Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
Brazil Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Spain Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)
Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Colombia Radamel Falcao (Atlético Madrid)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2013[21] Germany Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) Germany Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Spain Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Brazil Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)
Brazil Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
France Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain)
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Germany Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) Germany Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Spain Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Brazil Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)
Brazil David Luiz (Chelsea/Paris Saint-Germain)
Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Germany Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich/Real Madrid)
Argentina Ángel Di María (Real Madrid/Manchester United)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Netherlands Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2015[23] Germany Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) Spain Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Brazil Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Brazil Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)
Brazil Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Croatia Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
France Paul Pogba (Juventus)
Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Brazil Neymar (Barcelona)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Appearances by player

Player Apps Years Club(s)
1 Argentina Lionel Messi 9 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Barcelona
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 9 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Manchester United, Real Madrid
3 Spain Andrés Iniesta 7 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Barcelona
4 Spain Sergio Ramos 6 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Real Madrid
Spain Xavi 6 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Barcelona
6 Brazil Dani Alves 5 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 Barcelona
Spain Iker Casillas 5 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Real Madrid
England John Terry 5 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Chelsea
9 England Steven Gerrard 3 2007, 2008, 2009 Liverpool
Brazil Kaká 3 2006, 2007, 2008 Milan
Germany Manuel Neuer 3 2013, 2014, 2015 Bayern Munich
Spain Gerard Piqué 3 2010, 2011, 2012 Barcelona
Spain Carles Puyol 3 2007, 2008, 2010 Barcelona
Brazil Ronaldinho 3 2005, 2006, 2007 Barcelona
Brazil Thiago Silva 3 2013, 2014, 2015 Paris Saint-Germain

Appearances by club

Players in italics have made appearances with multiple clubs, and appearances are separated accordingly.

Club Apps Player(s)
1 Spain Barcelona 42 Messi (9), Iniesta (7), Xavi (6), Alves (5), Piqué, Puyol, Ronaldinho (3), Eto'o (2), Neymar, Thuram, Villa, Zambrotta (1)
2 Spain Real Madrid 29 Cristiano Ronaldo (7), Ramos (6), Casillas (5), Alonso, Cannavaro, Marcelo, Zidane (2), Di María, Kroos, Modrić (1)
3 Italy Milan 10 Kaká (3), Nesta (2), Cafu, Dida, Maldini, Pirlo, Shevchenko (1)
4 England Chelsea 9 Terry (5), Drogba, Lampard, Makélélé, David Luiz (1)
England Manchester United 9 Cristiano Ronaldo (3), Vidić (2), Evra, Ferdinand, Rooney, Di María (1)
6 Germany Bayern Munich 8 Neuer (3), Lahm (2), Ribéry, Robben, Kroos (1)
7 Italy Juventus 6 Buffon (2), Cannavaro, Pogba, Thuram, Zambrotta (1)
8 England Liverpool 5 Gerrard (3), Torres (2)
France Paris Saint-Germain 5 Silva (3), Ibrahimović, David Luiz (1)
10 Italy Internazionale 3 Lúcio, Maicon, Sneijder (1)
11 England Arsenal 1 Henry (1)
Spain Atlético Madrid 1 Falcao (1)
Spain Valencia 1 David Villa (1)

Appearances by nationality

Nation Apps Player(s)
1 Spain Spain 35 Iniesta (7), Ramos, Xavi (6), Casillas (5), Piqué, Puyol (3), Alonso, Torres (2), Villa (1)
2 Brazil Brazil 22 Alves (5), Kaká, Ronaldinho, Silva (3), Marcelo (2), Cafu, Dida, Lúcio, David Luiz, Maicon, Neymar (1)
3 England England 11 Terry (5), Gerrard (3), Ferdinand, Lampard, Rooney (1)
4 Argentina Argentina 10 Messi (9), Di María (1)
5 Italy Italy 9 Cannavaro, Buffon, Nesta (2), Maldini, Pirlo, Zambrotta (1)
Portugal Portugal 9 Cristiano Ronaldo (9)
7 France France 8 Zidane (2), Evra, Henry, Makélélé, Pogba, Ribéry, Thuram (1)
8 Germany Germany 6 Neuer (3), Lahm (2), Kroos (1)
9 Cameroon Cameroon 2 Samuel Eto'o (2)
Serbia Serbia 2 Nemanja Vidić (2)
Netherlands Netherlands 2 Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben (1)
12 Colombia Colombia 1 Radamel Falcao (1)
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 1 Didier Drogba (1)
Croatia Croatia 1 Luka Modrić (1)
Sweden Sweden 1 Zlatan Ibrahimović (1)
Ukraine Ukraine 1 Andriy Shevchenko (1)

Continental appearances

Continent Apps Nations
1 Europe 85 Croatia (1), England (11), France (8), Germany (6), Italy (9), Netherlands (2), Portugal (9), Serbia (2), Spain (35), Sweden (1), Ukraine (1)
2 South America 33 Argentina (10), Brazil (22), Colombia (1)
3 Africa 3 Cameroon (2), Côte d'Ivoire (1)

FIFPro World Player of the Year

Season Player Team Notes
2005Brazil RonaldinhoSpain Barcelona[24]
2006Brazil RonaldinhoSpain Barcelona[10]
2007Brazil KakáItaly Milan[25]
2008Portugal Cristiano RonaldoEngland Manchester United[26]

FIFPro granted this award between 2005–2008, in 2009 it merged with FIFA World Player of the Year which was succeeded by the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010.[12]

FIFPro Young Player of the Year

Season Player Team Notes
2005England Wayne RooneyEngland Manchester United[24]
2006Argentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona[10]
2007Argentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona[25]
2008Argentina Lionel MessiSpain Barcelona[27]

FIFPro granted this award between 2005–2008, after which it was discontinued.

See also


  1. 1 2 "FIFPro announces legal challenge to transfer system". FIFPro Official Website. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 "Fifpro to launch legal challenge against transfer system because it 'shackles' players". The Telegraph. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 "Players' union Fifpro to take transfer system to European courts". The Guardian. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  4. 1 2 "Football transfer system must change, says world players' union". BBC Sport. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  5. "PHILIPPE PIAT NOMINATED FOR FIFPRO PRESIDENT". FIFPro. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  6. "FIFPRO BOARD". FIFPro. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  7. "Interview with FIFPro General Secretary Theo van Seggelen". Bein Sports. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  8. "PLAYER UNION MOVEMENT GROWING WORLDWIDE". FIFPro. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  9. "Members – FIFPro World Players' Union". FIFPro. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  10. 1 2 3 "RONALDINHO VOTED FIFPRO WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR AGAIN". FIFPro. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  11. 1 2 "THE WORLD XI: FOR THE PLAYERS, BY THE PLAYERS". FIFpro. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  12. 1 2 "The FIFA Ballon d'Or is born". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  13. "FIFPRO WORLD XI 2004/2005".
  14. "FIFPRO WORLD XI 2005/2006".
  15. "FIFPRO WORLD XI 2006/2007".
  16. "FIFPRO WORLD XI 2007/2008".
  17. "FIFA FIFPRO WORLD XI 2009".
  18. "FIFA FIFPRO WORLD XI 2010".
  19. "FIFA FIFPRO WORLD XI 2011".
  20. "FIFA FIFPRO WORLD XI 2012".
  21. "FIFA FIFPRO WORLD XI 2013".
  22. "2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI: How they finished". FIFPro World Players' Union. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  23. "FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2015". 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  24. 1 2 "Ronaldinho & Rooney scoop awards". BBC Sport. 19 September 2005. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  25. 1 2 "Kaká voted FIFPro World Player of the Year". SAFP. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  26. "Ronaldo voted FIFPro World Player of the Year". UEFA. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  27. "Lionel Messi profile". 101GreatGoals. Retrieved 24 November 2015.

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