World football governing body, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has effected some changes to women’s footballers going on maternity leave.
In a letter signed by FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura to member associations of FIFA on October 8, 2021, the world football governing body introduced specific labour conditions regarding pregnancy and maternity for professional women players which came into force on January 1, 2021.
Article 6 Paragraph 1 provides the possibility for an association to exceptionally register a women player outside a registration period to either temporarily replace a player who has taken maternity leave, or reintegrate a player upon the completion of her maternity leave.
However, giving birth by women’s footballers especially in Africa is a big issue as some clubs and coaches still find it hard to reinstall women’s footballers into the team after maternity leave.
FIFA according to the letter noted that some member associations are still in the process of implementing these global conditions at the national level and ask that each member association ensures that it complies with its regulatory obligations in this regard to incorporates the relevant provisions that are binding at national level within its national transfer regulations without modification.