Welcome to Finland
The Football Players Association of Finland
Welcome to Finland The Football Players Association of Finland (JPY) would ﬁrstly like to welcome you to Finland. Established since 1992 the JPY has worked to improve the playing and working conditions of all the players within Finland. Our dedicated team of representatives who are ex-professionals or still playing themselves are there to help and answer your questions or concerns. If this is your ﬁrst visit to Finland let’s give you some basic information. In European terms, Finland is rather a large country. Its surface area is 338,127 km2. The population is small however, about 5,400,000. Most people live in the southern part of the country, while very few live in the north. The population of Helsinki, the capital, is some 590,000. In total, some 1 million people live in the large cities of the Helsinki metropolitan area. The neighbouring countries of Finland are Sweden, Norway, Russia and Estonia. Finland has four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. There are great variations in the weather in various parts of the country. The main languages are Finnish and Swedish and the Euro is now the common currency.
BASIC KNOWLEDGE ABOUT FINLAND
In this Brochure you will find information on the services the union provides for its members.There is so much more that we could tell you, but we will leave that up to your new club and team mates to make you feel at home. But If you do need a little advice and help please read on to the next pages where we tell you what we can do for you.
David Moore has played a long career in Finland. He has represented Premiership teams and lower level teams.
Football Players association of Finland The goal of the Football Players Association of Finland is to stand for the interests of football players in all possible ways and to improve the conditions for all football players. JPY has existed since 1992 and has 1,600 members. They are all playing football in Veikkausliiga, Ykkönen and Kakkonen, (men’s League, Division I and DivisionII) also Naisten liiga and Ykkönen. (Women’s league and Division I) Markus Juhola Executive Manager of JPY. Markus Juhola, toiminnanjohtaja
Each year as we promote the many service’s that the JPY provide’s we hope to bring in new members to add to our total. Suomen Pallolitto (Finnish football federation) and JPY agreed an obligatory Standard Player Contract for all players playing in Veikkausliiga, Ykkönen, Kakkonen as well as Naisten Liiga and Ykkönen. The players representatives play a vital part of the JPY. They not only deliver essential information to the players in there team but make the JPY aware of any questions or concerns the players might have. This quick contact between our members and ourselves mean they get the help they need instantly. You can find a player representative in each team. For the services that the JPY provide there is a membership fee. All membership fees are tax deductable in Finland. You can join the JPY by either going to our web page www.jpy.fi and filling in the application or by printing it and posting it to our office.
FPA OF FINLAND
INSURANCE COVER Every club is obligated to provide each player earning 10.400 EUR and above per year with reasonable security for their old age, cover against disability that causes them to stop playing football and death caused by accident in sports. The accident cover includes a pension which is payable after the age of 65 onwards, disability benefi t which is 85 % of the players salary and is paid up to five years after the accident. Also included in the disability benefi t is reimbursement of medical treatment, rehabilitation, education to learn a new profession, permanent general handicap payment and in case of death a contribution towards funeral expenses and family pension security. The cover includes accidents during games, training and transportation of the player. FUNDING OF SALARIES According to finnish law, athletes earning over 10400 EUR during a year, are allowed to move aside 50 % of there yearly salary (max. 100,000 EUR), to a separate fund without paying taxes. They can withdraw it after 2 to 10 years after there career has ended. There will be however taxes to pay when the withdrawel time comes but this should be less than during the atheles playing career.
TERMS OF AGREEMENT 1 § The Player’s Team The Player’s team is the Club’s First team, reserve team, farm team, cooperation club team or junior team, unless otherwise agreed in the appendix “Financial and other conditions”. In this contract, Club refers to a member club or organisation of the Finnish Football Association (Suomen Palloliitto) to whom have been transferred the rights to participate in Player’ s contract, to competitive sport upon agreeing to a contract byinform the Football Association’s that theyaccepted, cannot be referre the Player in writing of the governing body, between the club or organisation. abovementione d to afterwards. d agreements with notice 6 § Regulations Concerning 2 § Trial period the Player’s Agent Requirements If in the appendix “Financial and other conditions” aaccord trial period been upon ing tohas which the Club are null theagreed Player shall use according to the Employment Contracts or a termand of contract withPlayer similar content has a player agent void. If the ClubAct, about it. selecte has a contrac d or approved been agreed upon somewhere else than in the contract of employment, and the employment t with an agent, by the Player shall contract or contractual relation is terminated based on the trial period condition, the Club is notify the 7 § Disclo sing Health required to hand over rights to the Player to a new club without remuneration or condition, Inform ation granted that there are no unfulfilled Withou obligations on the part of the Player. The rights of t the Player’s consen representation shall be handed overthe without restrictions. Playermatch PARTIES to a third party, t, the Club has no right to disclose specific observing the er referred to as “Player”) ___ (hereinaft health informa ions of specifie The Club________ cannot terminate the contract based on the trial period condition inrestrict the event when d in the ________ 8 § Gambl ___ Personal Data tion on Player___________ ing________ _______ ________ ________ the transfer of representation rights is impossible according to the rules of the competition, Act. ________________ Social Security no.______ ________ ________________ unless the Player is________ found guilty ofThe a breach ________ ________ Playerofiscontract. Address__________ ________________ commi ________ tted________ ________________ not to engage ________ his/her Club's and Telephone________ , personally or ________________ ________ 3 § The Option Clause ________ through an interme manner that might the farm team's matches E-mail___________ diary, in gambli or games and give rise to questio to as “Club”) referred ng will not otherw gambli ng. ns concerning ______(hereinafter ise behave in ________ ________ The option clause in a contract becomes binding only when it has been agreed upon inthe therelationship __ Club____________ between the Club a _______ ________ ________ ________ appendix “Financial and other conditions”, attached to this contract. If the Player's contract ________ and The Player VAT no.______________ ________________ ________ is itrequire ________ ________ d ________ to ________ does not mention wages for the option period, shall be defined according to the valid terms inform Football League his employer Address__________ ________________ ________ and the ________ upon being ________________ contac_ outcom________ ted with a reques Finnish Football Association Telephone________of the agreement. e of a match ________________ ________ ________ in advanc ________________ t, an enquiry and/or the ________ manipu e; injure a membe E-mail___________ or other wish late the circum ________________ r of one’s own to: fix the stances and conditio ________________ team Contact person___ 4 § The Player’s Equipment team either duringof the addresses or that ns orappropriate of the oppone the game or pitch; or before to one In training sessions,l matches and othernsation Club functions the Player is to wear the submitted the game compe nt, to changes relation are to harass the about and/or contractua for ly informed fixing to the opposi a game. attire or kit according gtoparty the guidelines of the team and Club management. if the player is offered shall be immediate All notifications related monetary or other ng the other contractin forms of Neglecting this mentioned above and term of contrac thatiately. has been given to him/her to the unless otherwise immed t gives in the information. The Player is to return all property the Club Club the right ns: conditions". specified in the appendix "Financial and other to terminate the adult competitio player contrac is applied in the followingTwo 9 § t This player contract Doping, drugs Division One and Division and use of medica Rights length Men: The League, 5 § Commercial the One tion publish may Division and Finland of Club nthe The Player is committed to Associatio represent in PR and other events as deemed by the Club The Player Women: The League the Football must comply approve thatwithout with the current management, additional fees.tion, Federa The Club and Player Finnish anti-do International Footba ping committee, legislation and of this contract. ll Association and other ADT ry, Footba financial is and the Olymp committed The the Player. 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The medicines are with unsportsmanlike management and supervisiogame or sport in general 10 § Uphold all times. the ing theatRules detrimental to the club, take care of his/her physical condition of the Footba to is ll Federa Player tion conduct. The All sporting activity is to follow the Association of rules and regulat CT Finland (Suom The ions of FIFA, UEFA TERM OF CONTRA ____. en Palloliit to). The Player and ends ________ and the Footba starts __________ is also commi _. tted to abiding ll contract. The contract ________________ This is a fixed-term by the ________________ sports. contract starts____ and seasonality of work specified in the is the general practice fixed-term contract The reason for the
Service’s provided by JPY for it’s members: • free legal advice • personal insurance advice and offers • financial advice • member benefits of FIFPro • free e-mail address for member • Players magazine • chance to take part transfer list • chance to go on the JPY transfer list • chance to take part in FIFPro winter tournament for unemployed players • free annual membership product • chance to invest and financial advice • opportunity to take part in player education services • chance to take part in the FIFPro Online Academy FEES: from 10 euros to 75 euros.
FPA OF FINLAND
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HJK (Helsinki) FC Honka (Espoo) FC Lahti (Lahti) MYPA (Myllykoski) TPS (Turku) FC Inter (Turku) IFK Mariehamn (Maarianhamina) VPS (Vaasa) KuPS (Kuopio) FF Jaro (Pietarsaari) JJK (Jyväskylä) RoPS (Rovaniemi)
FC Haka (Valkeakoski) SJK (Seinäjoki) PK-35 (Vantaa) FC Viikingit (Helsinki) JIPPO (Joensuu) AC Oulu (Oulu) OPS (Oulu) FC KooTeePee (Kotka) AC Kajaani (Kajaani) Ilves (Tampere)
South: 1. IF Gnistan (Helsinki) 1. LPS (Helsinki) 2. EsPa (Espoo) 23. GrIFK (Kauniainen)
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Klubi04 (Helsinki) Pallohonka (Espoo) KäPa (Helsinki) BK-46 (Karjaa) EIF (Raasepori) SalPa (Salo)
East: 1. Atlantis FC (Helsinki) 38. JäPS (Järvenpää) 1. HIFK (Helsinki) 42. PK K-U (Tuusula) 1. FC POHU (Helsinki) 36. MP (Mikkeli) 37. FC Futura (Porvoo) 3. FC Kuusysi (Lahti) 1. Sudet (Helsinki) 18. KTP (Kotka) West: 32. MuSa (Pori) 37. Närpes Kraft (Närpiö) 32. FC Jazz (Pori) 33. Pallo-Iirot (Rauma) 36. Sporting Kristina (Kaskinen) 15. Härmä (Hämeenlinna) 35. TPV (Tampere) 5. ÅIFK (Turku) 15. FC Hämeenlinna (Hämeenlinna) 43. Maskun Palloseura (Masku) North: 31. PK-37 (Iisalmi) 12. Santa Claus (Rovaniemi) 25. GBK (Kokkola) 30. FC YPa (Ylivieska) 25. KPV (Kokkola) 24. PS Kemi (Kemi) 27. TP-47 (Tornio) 13. Kerho07 (Seinäjoki) 8. VIFK (Vaasa) 17. Tervarit (Oulu)
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Group A: 1. Talenttiklubi 04 (Helsinki) 14. TiPS (Vantaa) 14. VJS (Vantaa) 3. FC Kuusysi (Lahti) 35. TJK (Tampere) 5. TuWe (Turku) 42. PK K-U (Tuusula) 1. MPS (Helsinki) Group B: 35. Ilves (Tampere) 8. FC Sport (Vaasa) 33. FC Rauma (Rauma) 11. JyPK (Jyväskylä) 13. Semi (Seinäjoki) 41. KSF (Kemiö) 24. Merilappi United (Kemi) 8. VIFK (Vaasa) 15. HJS (Hämeenlinna)
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There are three actors in the organisation of the Finnish professional football: Suomen palloliitto ry (Football Association of Finland), Jalkapalloliiga ry (Football League) and Jalkapallon pelaajayhdistys ry (Football Players Association of Finland) The Football Association of Finland (Suomen palloliitto ry) was founded in 1907. It affiliated to FIFA in the year 1908 and to UEFA in the year 1954. It has around 1000 member teams and around 116,000 players in these teams. The Football Association of Finland is the largest sport association in Finland measured by the number of players. It is a specialised association for football and as a member of FIFA has responsibility of all activities connected to football in Finland. The Veikkausliiga league is the premier division of Finnish football, comprising the top 12 clubs of the country. Its main sponsor is the Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus, hence the league’s name. The Veikkausliiga was founded in 1990.
Basic knowledge about finnish football
PK-35 (Vantaa) HJK (Helsinki) Pallokissat (Kuopio) ONS (Oulu) Åland United (Mariehamn) TPS (Turku) F10 (Kokkola) FC Honka (Espoo) Nice-Futis (Pori) GBK (Kokkola)
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BASIC KNOWLEDGE ABOUT FINLAND
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Belgium SPORTA V.S.B.
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Cyprus PANCYPRIAN FOOTBALLERS ASSOCIATION
What is FIFPro?
FIFPro is the worldwide representative organization for all professional players; more than 50,000 footballers in total. FIFPro exists since 1965 and currently has 46 members, 9 candidate members and 9 observers. JPY has been a full member of FIFPro since 2001. FIFPro organise together with players unions the FIFPro Winter Tournament for unemployed players to help them find a new club. FIFPro have also started the FIFPro Online Academy to help and inspire players to gain education and prepare for their second career.
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Ecuador ASOCIACIÓN DE FUTBOLISTAS DEL ECUADOR
Paraguay FUTBOLISTAS AGREMIADOS DEL PARAGUAY
AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS’ ASSOCIATION INC.
Poland Polski Zwiazek Piłkarzy
MUTUAL URUGUAYA DE FUTBOLISTAS PROFESIONALES
football players’ association of india (FPAI)
association des footballeurs ivoriens (AFI)
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ASOCIATIA FOTBALISTILOR AMATORI SI NONAMATORI - AFAN
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ISRAEL FOOTBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
J-LEAGUE PRO-FOOTBALLERS ASSOCIATION
FUTBOLISTAS ARGENTINOS AGREMIADOS
EGYPTIAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS’ ASSOCIATION E.P.F.A.
TRADE UNION OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS
Asia & Oceania
FIFPro’s website, www.fifpro.org, You will find news from the FIFPro board, news from the affiliated associations with international relevance and the relevant news from related organizations.
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MLS PLAYERS UNION
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Fimu starts to focus on anti-racism educational strategy by addressing the young people in schools aiming to provide next generation people with relevant knowledge and information to help them challenge all forms of racism in the living multi-cultural society. For this Fimu has built strong co-operation with top clubs like FC JJK who provided it’s famous players to take part in this project by organising visit’s to schools, this was key to success for achieving great results, as well as the importance of the role played by the youth associations.
Show Racism The Red Card Tackling racism through sport top of the priority list for Fimu as a federation, already in 2003 Fimu created the SRTRC: Show Racism The Red Card campaign to bring across the Anti-Racist message throughout the sports fields and society of Finland. Thanks to the big support of JPY (Football Players Union) and other Nordic countries,SRTRC project has been succesfull in Finland. SRTRC has created Nordic poster with top names of Nordic football, a join magazine in all the different Nordic languages, as well as DVD video-audio in Finnish language. On 2006 the SRTRC was for the first time in top football Finnish leagues both men’s and women’s Super- Leagues, since that time SRTRC campaign stay as the only campaign delivering Anti-Racism work in top levels of sports in Finland.
Show Racism The Red Card
You should avoid gambling In Finland we have very strict rules about gambling. You should ask your club, association or JPY what the rules on betting on football in Finland are. As professional football player you must never bet on any match you or your team are involved in as it would result in a conflict of interest not compatible with the integrity of football as a sport. Betting on other football matters may also raise questions. You are likely to know and be friends with other football players and are therefore best advised not to bet on football to avoid potential difficulties. As a player you will have access to information that is not yet available to the general public, such as injuries or team selection. This information would be of use to those betting on football looking to secure an unfair advantage. There is nothing wrong with players having sensitive information; it is what you do with it that matters. Never seek to fix any aspect of a match. Do not put yourself in a situation which would bring you, or even force you, to adversely influence the course of a match. If you are contacted by some third party about possible match fixing, you should straightaway refuse it and inform your club immediately about the contact that was made.
STOP FIXED MATCHES
Tips and advices! First of all, don’t be afraid to ask. People in Finland speak fairly good English. When you arrive to Finland it is recommendable that you give your team management your family contact numbers in your home country. Don’t only rely on your agent as the immediate contact in case of an emergency. Sports agents travel a lot and might be out of touch. It’s good to have your passport with you at all times when you go out. Know your address and even better if you learn to pronounce it! The national emergency number in Finland is 112. If you have a sauna in your apartment don’t attempt to dry your clothes there as it is a major fire hazard. Marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine etc are against the law here as well. The Finnish Anti Doping Agensy conducts random drug testings in all top level sports, including football. The Finnish Anti Doping Agency conducts random drug tests in all top level sports including football. Remember that when you call home its not just around the corner, so to avoid any expensive surprises at the end of the month try and limit your long distance calls. One good option is Skype.Skype is an excellent way of cutting phone costs and fast internet connections are common in Finland.
Tips and advices
If you’re not from a Northern climate, then driving in Finland is something that you’re not used to. Particularly in the winter snow, rain, fog, darkness and icy roads make driving conditions extremely difficult. Also remember that most cars in Finland have standard shift gear control. The seat belt law is really strict here. So please buckle up! When it comes to drinking and driving, DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! The rules on drink driving are very tight here and your chance’s of getting away with it are almost zero. If you are involved in an accident while drinking and driving, you are liable for all costs. Getting caught drinking and driving will not only put you in trouble with the law, but also with your team. It can cost you your job. You may want to go out and feel the night life in various towns. If for some reason you find yourself in hassle, keep yourself cool and let the doormen handle the situation. The doormen work for tips and they usually remember the tippers. That can come in handy when you find yourself standing in a long line in minus zero weather. Enjoy your stay and good luck with your season!
Tips and advices
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A membership of player union is the best investment you can make as a pro footballer. Noboby else can deliver this much know how at such a low cost. Chris Cleaver, SJK and boardmember of JPY