About the Professional Players Federation

Welcome to the website of the Professional Players Federation, the national organisation for the Player Associations in the United Kingdom. There are over 17,500 professional sportsmen and women in Britain and the PPF is dedicated to promoting, protecting and developing their collective interests. We have been working for the players since our establishment in 1991.

The PPF currently has twelve Player Associations in membership who are responsible for setting our priorities. We focus on cross-sport issues that affect all the members such as match fixing, Diversity & Inclusion, career transition, mental health and anti-doping.

You will find information on a number of research and education projects we have undertaken to help our members as well as a range of resources available to help individual players. We also provide details of our various Committees which provide forums for our Player Associations to exchange ideas, share best practice and agree the organisation’s goals.

If you have any queries relating to our work or the work of our members, please get in touch.

 

Latest News

RPA - 1st July 2024 - Rachel Burford to lead RPA's Women's Rugby Department

RPA - 1st July 2024 - Rachel Burford to lead RPA's Women's Rugby Department

The RPA is pleased to announce that Rachael Burford will be joining the RPA, leading the Women's Rugby Department as the domestic game thrives in Premiership Women's Rugby and as we head towards the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2025.

PPF - 4th July 2024 - Brendon Batson calls for professional sport to promote more Inclusion

PPF - 4th July 2024 - Brendon Batson calls for professional sport to promote more Inclusion

Brendon Batson OBE, the chair of the Professional Players Federation and long-time anti-racism campaigner, today called for leaders in sport to up their game to promote inclusion and ensure that the we learn from the experiences of former players so that we stop missing out on talent and ensure everyone has the chance to excel in their chosen sport.

PPF - 27th June 2024 - PPF announce panellists for inaugural Inclusion In Sport Week

PPF - 27th June 2024 - PPF announce panellists for inaugural Inclusion In Sport Week

The Professional Players Federation (PPF) will be hosting its first Inclusion in Sport week from July 1st to 7th 2024 with cross sport contributions to panel discussions on Active Allyship and Inclusive Leadership . Working with members, the PPF will be sharing players’ personal stories, delivering education and promoting best practice to make professional sport more inclusive.

PFA - 13th June 2024 - PFA Joins Legal Case Against FIFA

PFA - 13th June 2024 - PFA Joins Legal Case Against FIFA

The PFA has today joined a legal case which will seek to challenge the structures of the current football calendar by enforcing the legal rights of players to take guaranteed and protected breaks. The PFA are co-claimants in the case, which has been placed before the Belgian courts, alongside the French players’ union (UNFP) and supported by FIFPRO Europe.

PFA Scotland - 13th June 2024 - PFA Scotland welcomes Concussion Substitutes

PFA Scotland - 13th June 2024 - PFA Scotland welcomes Concussion Substitutes

PFA Scotland welcome in the introduction of permanent concussion substitutes across all senior SPFL competitions. PFA Scotland, alongside FIFPRO, have been pushing for more support in this area over recent years.

PCA - 12th June - PCA passes EDI Education milestone

PCA - 12th June - PCA passes EDI Education milestone

The PCA has recently hit a landmark of surpassing EDI education delivery to 750 current professional and academy players in its tailormade ‘Learn Before Wicket’ (LBW) programme. Players have engaged with the sessions that were developed following the request for more EDI education through PCA member surveys.

RPA - 3rd June  - Red Roses Contracts Announced

RPA - 3rd June - Red Roses Contracts Announced

England Rugby have confirmed the 32 Red Roses players under contract for the 2024/25 season. Maddie Feaunati (Exeter Chiefs), who earned five international caps in the 2024 Guinness Women’s Six Nations, has been awarded her maiden full-time England contract, as has two-time capped prop Liz Crake (Trailfinders Women).

PFA - 29th May 2024 - PFA study findings into Snus use

PFA - 29th May 2024 - PFA study findings into Snus use

Findings from a first-of-its kind study into Snus use in professional football have been published by the PFA and Loughborough University. Snus is a smokeless nicotine product which has been associated with various health conditions in the general population, though to date no research had explored its specific use in football.

PFA - 23rd May 2024 - PFA launch residential camp for Out-of-Contract Players

PFA - 23rd May 2024 - PFA launch residential camp for Out-of-Contract Players

The PFA has announced details of a new 10-week residential pre-season camp for out-of-contract players. Designed to provide players with an elite club pre-season environment, the pre-season camps will be hosted by the PFA and made available to unsigned players from the men’s and women’s games.

Featured Videos

PPF Female Athletes Week - Player Discussion

Betting Integrity - Yellow & Red Card Match Fixing Education

Problem Gambling - Risks and warning signs

Mental health & sport

Betting Integrity - Match Fixing Education