FIFPRO Player Workload Monitoring (PWM) - platform and reports

02.06.2021

Developed and operated jointly by FIFPRO and KPMG Football Benchmark, the new FIFPRO PWM platform provides extensive data about the workload of professional footballers. The cutting-edge platform addresses the growing need for aggregated player workload data by delivering information about the playing time, travel and recovery periods of a sample of male and female footballers. The open, digital platform is aimed at helping football industry stakeholders make informed decisions in designing the next generation of national and international competitions so that they are sustainable, integrated, and benefit footballers and the game as a whole.

 

FIFPRO also prepared separate flash reports on the workload of both male and female footballers during the emergency calendar. Both studies have been prepared in cooperation with KPMG Football Benchmark, with report data sourced from the PWM platform.

What you find inside the tool

The FIFPRO PWM platform is public facing and available for player unions and stakeholders as well as fans, media and sports scientists. It includes a wide range of metrics such as the number of minutes players are on the pitch, the accumulated duration of their international travel, and the length of their rest and recovery periods.

FIFPRO and KPMG have agreed to a detailed plan to develop the platform over the next three years. Regular data updates will enable comparisons between players and competitions around the world, and measure changes across different seasons.

Women’s football report - “Player workload & impact during the emergency calendar”

The report reveals that women’s football (players, coaches, and the industry as a whole) suffer from a fragmented calendar, which does not contain enough competitive opportunities for talent development and industry growth. This calendar fragmentation leads to long periods without play (“underload”) juxtaposed with shorter, but very intense periods under challenging conditions. The study covers a representative group of 85 female footballers from 6 major domestic leagues and includes club and national team matches.

Download here or click on the image to the right.

Men’s football report - “Player workload & recovery during the emergency calendar”

The research reveals that a large number of players do not get the recommended five days of rest before most of their matches. The report provides scientific mid-season analysis on player workload and match scheduling, covering covers a representative group of 265 male footballers from 43 domestic leagues across six confederations and includes club and national team matches.

Download the report here or click on the image to the right.