World Players

The World Players Association brings together 85,000 players across professional sport through more than 100 player associations in over 60 countries.

Major player associations belonging to World Players include:

  • FIFPro, the world football players’ union
  • the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA)
  • the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA)
  • the European Elite Athletes’ Association (EU Athletes)
  • the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)
  • the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA)
  • the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA)
  • the Japanese Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA)
  • the Australian Athletes’ Alliance (AAA).

The World Players Association was formally established on 5 December 2014 an autonomous sector of UNI Global Union (UNI).

From December 2014 to March 2017, the World Players Association was known as UNI World Athletes.

Key contacts:


Brendan Schwab, Executive Director

Johannes Herber, Player Relations (

Matthew Graham (Legal / Player Affairs)

Gigi Alford (Sport & Human Rights)

Marta Ochoa, coordinator




Amel Djemail, Policy Officer, UNI Europa Sport


For media enquires:

Richard Elliott (

Tom Myers (

UNI Global Union

UNI is the voice of 20 million service sector workers around the world. Through 900 affiliated trade unions, UNI represents workers in 150 countries and in every region of the world. Our Head Office is based in Nyon, Switzerland with nearly 50 staff.

UNI General Secretary Philip Jennings, who has been instrumental in the development of World Players:

“It is incredibly important to see the players of the world organise around both their rights and the rights of everyone involved in sport. The rate of player unionisation is increasing dramatically around the world for both men and women. Everyone involved in sport needs decent work and a fair wage, be they players, construction workers preparing for Mega-Sporting Events or workers involved in sports’ supply chains.”

Wednesday 29 March 2017

UNI Europa Sport

UNI Europa Sport is the recognized social partner in the European Sport Sector. Working with its employer social partner, E.A.S.E. - the European Association of Sport Employers, it has signed several informal joint statements on social dialogue, contracts, health and safety, employability and established a work program for the European Social Dialogue.

UNI Europa Sport represents employees in the three subsectors of the European Sport sector - not-for-profit, active leisure, and professional sport. Professional athletes are represented through a close cooperation with the European Elite Athletes Association (EU Athletes), which is an affiliate of the World Players Association.