One of PFA Canada’s main priority is to develop strategic partnerships and strong relationships with soccer stakeholders, in Canada and beyond.
As a newcomer to the professional athlete movement, PFACan was warmly welcomed by the Fédération internationale des association de footballeurs professionals (FIFPRO), the global football player’s representative body. FIFPRO supports PFA Canada by lending expert advice, transferring knowledge, and providing opportunities for hands-on learning. PFACan has also received capacity-building guidance and support to help unify all professional players in Canada, as well as Canadians playing abroad who require support or simply wish to maintain their connection to Canadian football.
In North America, PFACan developed relationships with FIFPRO affiliates, the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA) and the Asociación Mexicana de Futbolistas (AMFPro), and with the United Soccer League Players Association (USLPA), all with a view to creating and articulating a Canadian player agenda throughout North American football. Through the FIFPRO Division Central and North Americas, PFA Canada continues to develop relationships with like-minded associations throughout CONCACAF.
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Furthermore, we are also part of the greater family of North American player associations. Throughout our efforts towards recognition as the collective bargaining agent for CPL players, we have received the support of multiple players associations, to include the NFL Player Association, the National Basketball Player Association, the NHL Player Association, the MLB Player Association, and the CFL Player Association.
In preparation for life-after-football, the player-leaders of PFA Canada have dedicated themselves to creating partnerships that will enable PFACan members to gain experience in career paths and workplaces outside of soccer. Preliminary discussions with business leaders and trade associations/unions have begun regarding paid internships and apprenticeships for current and future players wishing to begin planning for employment outside of football.
Equitable funding and support for the development and growth of the women’s game in Canada and throughout the world are PFACan objectives. PFACan has a mandate to promote the interests of elite female footballers inside and outside of Canada, and the Association will strive to connect with and support player associations that share a similar commitment to the women’s game.
In addition, as PFA Canada continues to mature, it will seek corporate partnerships and sponsorships to advance some of the association’s main priorities across its player-centred agenda.
PFACan places a great deal of importance upon these relationships. In our view, it is important to remain united and committed to creating the best possible conditions for all – during and after our time on the pitch.