Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), 15 July 2021: According to local newspaper reports, Saudi Arabia’s Football Association has announced it has approved new female footballer regulations.
The new regulations amend existing regulations.
The amendments will allow a Saudi women’s football league and women’s teams to be created.
They protect the rights of female professional footballers who want to have children during their playing careers.
They include conditions agreed on by FIFA, FIFPRO and other stakeholders. They state female players will be treated the same as men, but they will be entitled to maternity leave during the contract’s term.
They will be paid at least two thirds of the contracted salary unless the local rules or collective agreements provide more favourable terms.
A contract will not be able to state a female player must not be pregnant or get pregnant during its their contractual term.
Their contract may not be suspended during their maternity leave, or deprive them of a maternity rights in general.
It is not clear how long the minimum maternity leave will be nor how long it will last before and after a child is born.
The number of professional players is also not clear and whether amateur players will be allowed to be admitted.
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