Concern for Players’ Mental Health with Soccer Shut Down
The global union for soccer players has found its members are struggling with increased levels of anxiety and depression during the coronavirus pandemic which has shut down most leagues. A survey of players by FIFPRO pointed to a rise in symptoms of both in recent weeks while cut off from their teammates and concerned about the future of their sport. FIFPRO is urging clubs not to neglect providing mental health provisions as they focus on keeping players fit during national lockdowns and are faced with cost-cutting needs. Players have been away from their teams in most of the world for more than a month as governments try to contain the spread of the COVID-19 disease, although limited training has resumed in Germany.