The PFA wants a pension scheme for women’s football

The Professional Football Association is campaigning for a new pension scheme for female footballers, which would be similar to an arrangement for their male counterparts funded by a transfer fee levy.

Footballers are automatically enrolled in occupational pension schemes with their clubs. Male players can also belong to the Professional Footballers’ Pension Scheme, which is funded by a 4% levy on Premier League and English Football League transfer fees.

A funding deal was recently agreed for the next three years, which will see £76m of funds redistributed to players in the form of pensions.

Male footballers will receive PFPS pension contributions of £6,240 from August 2022, £6,660 in 2023 and £6,900 in 2024. This is an increase from the current level of £6,180 .

This mechanism only exists in men’s football, and an equivalent transfer-based system for female footballers would not be sufficient due to the significantly lower size of fees involved.

As The Times first reported, however, the PFA is working to implement a similar system for female footballers.

“This will be an important part of the conversation with the government with the ongoing review of the national women’s game,” a PFA spokesperson said. It is understood that this review will be launched in the coming weeks.

“A career in football is short,” the PFA said. “Programs like PFPS help protect players who have short and unstable careers. Female players should have the same protections.

Alex Janiaud is Deputy Editor of Pensions Expert, the sister publication of FTAdviser

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