Cristiano Ronaldo Launches the World XI Vote


The vote for the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI has officially been launched.

For the tenth consecutive year, FIFPro invites up all professional footballers worldwide to vote for their World XI.

The reigning World Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo filled in the first ballot for this year’s players’ vote starting the debate on which eleven players will make it into this year’s team.
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On Monday January 12, the all star 11 will be announced jointly by FIFA and FIFPro at the Ballon d’Or in Switzerland.

Luis Rubiales, FIFPro Vice President and President of Spanish players union AFE, officially handed the first ballot to Cristiano Ronaldo.

More than twenty thousand professional footballers worldwide will follow Ronaldo’s example in the upcoming month.

They will chose the eleven players who according to them deserve most to be in the World XI – they must pick 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 attackers.

“I am proud and pleased to be here and to be able to nominate the best eleven players in the world”, said Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been a member of the World XI since 2007, a record 7 selections.

“It means a lot to be part of the best eleven in the world. The players are the guys who really understand this business more than anybody else. I hope that I will be voted for the eighth consecutive year – that would be amazing.”

Ronaldo explained how he produced his World XI: “There are many criteria. They are what a player has done in the past season, the titles he has won at both the collective level and the individual level, and the start of this season too.

“It is about the players who are more consistent and who demonstrate a high level all through the year and also have obtained the most important titles, which in my opinion were the Champions League and the World Championship.

“I think those are the criteria that should count the most.”

PFA Scotland will be giving forms to all our members over the coming weeks so they can play their part in deciding who makes it into the FIFA FIFPro World XI.


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PFA Scotland Website Changes


The PFA Scotland website will be undergoing a few changes over the coming weeks as we update the site.

Please bear with us as while we are making a few improvements and please keep checking the site regularly to see what has changed.

We value our members feedback so if there is anything you would like to see on the website that isn’t already there then please contact Michelle Evans on or call her on 07796 171490.

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PFA Scotland is delighted to make available the eleventh edition of  its “Player” newsletter.

Included in the final publication for season 2013-14 is a feature on Livingston’s Andrew Barrowman and his participation in the FIFPro degree course, Brett Molloy of East Stirlingshire discuss his experience with social media, while former Partick Thistle youngster Bradley Halsman describes his new business venture.

There is also a review of the launch of the educational film Mind Games: Mental Health in Scottish football, a look back at the recent CV and Career Planning course, along with information on third party ownership and social dialogue.

To read the newsletter online please click on the following link:








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Following the sad passing of former SFA Chief Executive David Taylor, PFA Scotland Chief Executive paid his tributes on behalf of the organisation.

“David was always an approachable and thoughtful man who was always interested in listening to the opinion of others.  In particular he was willing to consult with the players union on various issues.  He was passionate about Scottish football and the National Team in particular.”

“I was speaking to him only last month and he was extremely happy in his job at UEFA.  Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this difficult time”

FIFPro Board Member and PFA Scotland President Tony Higgins added “I was so shocked and saddened to hear of David’s passing as I spoke to him recently at a London airport and he was in fine fettle.”

“  I knew David well from both his roles at the SFA and UEFA and I found him to genuinely believe that proper dialogue with the players’ was fundamental to good governance in football.  He was also very popular with staff at UEFA and was held in the highest esteem.  Football will sorely miss his presence”

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In recent seasons PFA Scotland has organised and held a bespoke Media and Communications course for players.

The two day course is aimed at providing players with relevant insight and guidance in a number of areas including being interviewed by the media, improving presentation skills, increasing awareness of body language, and delivery of information.

There have been a number of players who have participated in the course, with their motivation for doing so ranging from enhancing their ability to talk to a group and therefore assist their coaching capabilities, to making them more likely to make the most of media opportunities that may be offered to them and simply increasing general confidence when public speaking.

Two former participants are Liam Craig and Robbie Neilson who were both happy to share their experiences of taking part in the course.

Robbie, recently appointed Head Coach at Hearts said “I decided to enrol on the media course as I primarily wanted to improve my confidence levels while speaking in front of large groups, such as in team or squad meetings.  I also wanted to improve the quality of my speech delivery during such talks as I feel that this is an important but sometimes overlooked aspect of coaching.”

“I found the course extremely informative and considering that prior to it I had some doubts over my ability to speak in front of large audiences, it was encouraging that I felt far more confident and comfortable after the course.  I did have doubts as to how relative the course would be to my coaching development as I thought it would concentrate solely on the media side of the game.  However having completed the course I would strongly recommend it, and indeed see it more as a “communication course” which will undoubtedly be of great assistance to all aspects of my future work.”

Meanwhile current Hibs captain Liam added “Overall the course was excellent with the interaction with the other participants being a big part of this.  The atmosphere was relaxed and offered great opportunity to not only learn from those delivering the course but also the other players in attendance as they all had extensive and varying experiences within football.”

“I believe that the course offers tremendous information for both players and aspiring coaches and managers in a number of areas including the likes of promoting yourself, promoting your club and dealing with difficult questions or situations.  In my opinion the course would be of particular benefit to younger players who are often thrown into a media spotlight with little or no guidance.”

At present PFA Scotland plans to host another of these bespoke courses in the early part of the season.

As with all these courses they are number specific and therefore any player wishing further information on the course, planned dates and costs then please contact:

Jack Ross 07540 636766

Craig Flannigan 07900 954919


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As an increasing number of players seeking new challenges add their name and details to PFA Scotland’s Player Availability section, a Scottish midfielder who played in Ireland last season is keen to return to playing in Scotland.

Ryan McStay can count the likes of Falkirk, Partick Thistle and Ayr United amongst former clubs and contacted PFA Scotland to explain his recent experiences. “Last season I played with Portadown in Ireland, enjoying a successful season culminating in narrowly missing out on Europa League qualification.  I feel as if I am in the best shape of my career and therefore looking to continue my career back in Scotland.”

Ryan’s details along with several other players can be found within the Player Availability section which can be accessed via the link below:





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A Good Practice Guide designed to challenge the scourge of match-fixing in football will be presented at the closing conference of Don’t Fix It – an anti-match-fixing partnership between the international footballers’ association FIFPro, the European Football Association (UEFA) and Birkbeck, University of London, in Slovenia next week.


The publication, which is based on an eight-country study involving nearly 2,000 footballers, will recommend local solutions, addressing economic, social and cultural conditions, and player education.


The launch of the Good Practice Guide will be a highlight of the Don’t Fix It closing conference, which will be held on June 3 and 4 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Dr Andrew Harvey, of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, will present and discuss the results of the research into match-fixing, which laid the foundations for the Good Practice Guide. He said: “This survey was the first large-scale attempt to ascertain the views of current players in regards to match-fixing. The objective was to better understand the issues that lead to match-fixing, in order to use this knowledge to define the prevention and education programme.”


The Good Practice Guidedesigned to help professional football players’ associations play their part in efforts to protect their members and to protect football from match-fixing and other threats to integrity – is one of the many results of the Don’t Fix It project, which has proved a fruitful collaboration. In several participating countries, strong networks have been set up, consisting of representatives of the players, referees, officials/administrators and public authority.


Tony Higgins, chair of the Don’t Fix It project and FIFPro Division Europe Vice-President, said: “The consultation with our members has proved immensely valuable and will inform our FIFPro members about the extent of the problem and how the football family should respond.”


More than fifty representatives of players’ association, football associations, referees and public authority from eight participating countries will attend the Don’t Fix It closing conference as well as representatives of the most important stakeholders in European professional football. Among the issues on the agenda are presentations of renowned international match-fixing experts, such as representatives of Europol, Interpol, Sporting Chance Clinic and Transparency International.  


The main lessons from the Don’t Fix It research:

  • All countries are susceptible to match-fixing or other threats to integrity such as betting against the rules or sharing inside information.
  • Threats to integrity take different forms in each country. Although there will be some similarities and overlaps, the profile of threats to integrity is best understood at a national level.
  • Solutions to match-fixing are best developed at a local level. This allows players, referees and club officials to respond to local needs and conditions. ‘One size fits all’ solutions are not the answer.
  • Co-operation and investment is essential at national and international levels on the part of law enforcement agencies, Governments and football authorities.
  • Match-fixing involves complex sets of behaviours on the part of different actors with many motivations and incentives. Solutions need to be equally sophisticated in tackling these behaviours.
  • Match-fixing will be best prevented using a holistic approach that addresses the economic, social and cultural conditions that give rise to match-fixing, and the establishment of clear rules on betting and match-fixing, but which also appeals to personal ethics and players’ future.
  • Player education needs to be tailored specifically to the threats that pertain in the country concerned and delivered by people that players know and trust. Good role models who can offer a positive vision for players’ future is important in education programmes.
  • Reporting mechanisms are important but should not be overstated as a solution. Multiple avenues and means of reporting suspicions and approaches are likely to be most effective.



The complete results of Dr. Harvey’s research can be found on and .


Notes to editors


  • In autumn 2012, FIFPro decided to take the initiative and involve itself in the battle against match-fixing.
  • FIFPro found three committed and powerful partners for the initiative: Birkbeck, University of London; UEFA; and the European Commission. The project was funded by FIFPro and UEFA, and it received a grant from the European Union.
  • Don’t Fix It was officially launched on 1 January 2013 as an anti-match-fixing partnership between the international footballers’ association FIFPro, the European Football Association (UEFA)  and Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Nine professional footballers’ associations from eight countries participated in the project: AIC Italy, AFAN Romania, HLSZ Hungary, JPY Finland, NISO Norway, PFA England, PFA Scotland, PSAP Greece, and SPINS Slovenia.
  • Birkbeck, University of London, is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education.
  • In 2013, Birkbeck was ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Birkbeck’s students consistently rank Birkbeck number one in London for the quality of its teaching.



For more information

Contact FIFProRaymond Beaard

Tel: +31 23 5546970

Mob: +31 623769852


Contact Birkbeck, University of LondonGuy Collender

Tel: +44 20 7380 3108







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PFA Scotland would like to make players aware of the following job vacancy with contact details for further information also listed.,,10284~3825950,00.html


If you are interested please direct all enquiries to Steven Sweeney at

Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 30th May at 5pm. Interviews will be held on the 1st of July.


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PFA Scotland continues to make its Player Availability section accessible to players, and two attacking players have become the latest to make their availability known to clubs.

Jack Kirwan , a nineteen years old left footed striker has spent the last three years with Celtic and is now seeking a new challenge, while former St Mirren, Stenhousemuir, Albion Rovers and East Stirlingshire forward Paul Quinn is another looking for a fresh start.

Further details of Player Availability and how to either list your details or enquire about a player can be found here:

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David Proctor

PFA Scotland has recently highlighted the option for any players seeking a new club to use its Player Availability section within the website.

One player who has chosen to utilise the facility is former Hibernian, Inverness CT and Dundee United defender David Proctor.

David has spent the last two years playing with FC Edmonton in Canada but is now exploring the option of returning to play in Scotland subsequently contacting PFA Scotland to assist in making his availability known to clubs.

Reflecting upon his recent experiences David commented “It has been a fantastic experience playing in Canada.  FC Edmonton play in the North American Soccer League (NASL) which is the second tier in North America behind the MLS. The overall standard was high with many squads containing several full international players from countries across the globe.  During my time at the club I played mainly as a centre half, and found myself playing against very diverse styles of play which I feel has helped greatly improve me as a player.”

“I am now at a stage of my career where I would like to consider all options that may be available to me, including a return to Scotland.  Although I would hope to stay full time, I would not rule anything out without proper consideration.”

Any interested parties in David should contact PFA Scotland who will provide contact details.

Further information on Player Availability can be found here:



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FIFPro, the World Players Union has welcomed the recent Belgian appeal court ruling in the case between Mohamed Dahmane and RC Genk, which offers clear confirmation that a professional footballer must be treated as any regular employee.

The case itself revolved around a situation in January 2008 when Mohamed Dahmane terminated his contract with RC Genk with a judge initiually ruling that in accordance to the Act on professional athletes that was introduced in 1978 (in Belgium), Dahmane had to pay compensation of equivalent to 36 monthly salaries, an amount totalling 880,000 Euros.

Both the player and his lawyer were of the opinion that this ruling was against the freedom of movement of employees with the Belgian appeal court sharing this view and deciding that a professional athlete should be treated in the same way as a regular employee regarding labour issues like termination of contract.

The appeal court has stated that a player can terminate his contract by paying a compensation for the remainder of the current season.  He has to pay twice the amount of the remaining monthly wages, with a minimum of 50 per cent of his yearly salary and a maximum of 200 per cent of his yearly salary.

FIFPro lawyer Wil van Megen offered his opinion on the ruling saying “the decision is completely in line with the Bosman ruling in 1995 as the Bosman case meant FIFA was obliged to change the transfer regulations and especially the rules regarding compensation.  Further in the Webster case the principles of the Bosman ruling and EU law were followed.”

“Looking at the Belgian ruling the specific rules on professional athletes are infringing the right of free movement too much.  It shows that the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS) is interpreting the FIFA rules in an incorrect way by “forgetting” the EU law principles.”

In 2001 FIFPro agreed with the other stakeholders in football (FIFA, UEFA and the European Commission) that football contracts have a protected period of a maximum of three years.  This system proves to be very effective as hardly any player terminated his contract prematurely.  On the other hand many clubs have been in breach of their obligations and did not respect the protected period.

The consequence of the protected period is that after this time the extra protection for the clubs comes to an end and players must be treated like regular workers.  FIFPro expects that this recent ruling in Belgium will help normalise labour relations within professional football around Europe and even throughout the world as FIFA regulations apply everywhere.

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