The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) formed in 1907 is the world's longest established professional sportspersons' union. The aims of the PFA are to protect, improve and negotiate the conditions, rights and status of all professional players, both men and women, by collective bargaining agreements.
The experience and expertise the PFA has gained since its formation ensures the union provides the best advice, representation and assistance in all aspects of a player's career and beyond.
The PFA is a key figure in all aspects of the professional game. The union believes in using the power of football to effect positive societal change and the principle of caring for the interests of the game as a whole.
The PFA has been successful in initiating Community Programmes across the country and led with innovative anti-racism campaigns, working alongside the Premier League, English Football League, The Football Association and the Football Foundation on charity and community initiatives.
The union is a key member of the International Players' Association, FIFPRO, and was instrumental in the changes to the international transfer system following the Bosman ruling. The organisation negotiates with FIFA and the European Commission and is also a key member of the Professional Players' Federation, a body of major sporting players' associations.
In January 2013 The PFA Charity was incorporated with Companies House and registered with the Charity Commission. Company number: 08352024 / Charity number: 1150458. The Charity helps support players both during their football career and beyond, in areas such as coaching, education, wellbeing, equalities and community.
Supporting current and former players…
The PFA and the PFA Charity supports players past and present in areas a wide range of advice, funding and services, such as:
The role of the Coaching Department is to prepare current and former players for a secondary career within the professional game possibly within coaching or management. The Department works hard to ensure there is a fair geographical spread of coaching courses throughout the country.
The Charity provides guidance for the provision of educational and vocational courses, in preparation for a second career, for all former and current players. The main aim of the Education Department is to encourage as many current and former players as possible to undertake suitable academic/vocational qualifications to develop their career prospects both within and outside the game.
The Charity provides members with a 24/7 counselling telephone helpline. This 'round-the-clock' support is available to all players past and present. Players can also access a nation-wide network of over 100 fully trained counsellors many of whom have played professional sport and understand the emotional roller-coaster this entails.
The Charity is committed to raising the profile and awareness of the extensive work and participation of players in support of community and charitable activities. PFA charity's community involvement extends across many areas such as: health, education, social inclusion, and equalities, underlining a commitment to make a positive difference in society.
The PFA has a zero-tolerance policy in all areas of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice. This includes all forms of discrimination including sexism, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, bigotry by way of homophobia and homophobic attitudes and discrimination on the grounds of gender and disability including mental health. The PFA Charity supports inclusion in all areas of the game and are working towards an equal playing field for all.
The PFA invests a substantial amount of money in member-specific initiatives and charities each year. The PFA has an annual turnover and net asset position of circa £34million and £68million respectively, putting the union in a strong financial position. Most of the revenue comes from a share in the television deals which the Premier League, the Football League and the Football Association receive. Members' subscriptions and investments also provide revenue for the union.
The PFA Awards is one of the most high-profile events of the football calendar, where footballers vote for who they feel has performed the best throughout the course of the season. The PFA awards categories include PFA Players' Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Merit Award. As well as this, the awards include PFA Divisional Teams of the Year awards across the Premier League, The FA WSL, Championship, League One and League Two. Previous winners of the Awards include Mo Salah, Lucy Bronze and Cristiano Ronaldo.
PFA Committees, Councils, Broads & Trusts
The PFA have representation in a wide range of committees, councils, boards and trusts that have an impact in every tier of professional football including:
Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee
Women's Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee
Professional Football Compensation Committee
Professional Game Match Officials Limited
League Football Education
Premier League Learning
PLPFA Community Fund
Football League Trust
Professional Footballers' Pension Scheme Trustees
Professional Players Federation