At a glance
Pancyprian Footballers Association (PASP) is the official footballers’ union in Cyprus representing, Cypriot footballers and international footballers playing in Cyprus. PASP is an official member of FIFPro, the worldwide representative union of footballers.
PASP offers its footballer-members continuous protection, support and legal advice. Ensuring the minimum working conditions, the educational programs for a second career through PASP’s scholarships and the Unified Insurance Plan of the Union, players are offered the necessary security for their present and future. Also, Social Responsibility is an integral part of the Union’s philosophy.
In 1987 around 450 footballers gathered at the Miramare hotel in Limassol having in mind that it was time to earn their rights. The first board of PASP had been elected with Giannakis Giagoudakis as the first president and PASP was housed at the then offices of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, at a side street of Griva Digeni Avenue in Nicosia.
Since 2005 PASP is an official member of FIFPro. The global union of footballers founded in 1965 and has as members 63 national players’ unions and more than 65.000 footballers as members. The statement «FIFPro supports players» and «FIFPro is the exclusive collective voice of the world’s professional footballers» are key principles, two guiding foundations that underpin FIFPro’s activities.
Executive Chairman: Spyros Neofytides
President: George Merkis
Deputy President: Panagiotis Panagiotou
Vice President Α’: Marios Christodoulou
Vice President Β’: Marios Antoniades
Secretary: George Pegklis
Deputy Secretary: Loukritia Chrysostomou
Treasurer: Giannis Demetriou
Deputy Treasurer: Evaggelos Kyriakou
Women’s Representative: Xenia Georgiou
Public Relations official: Andreas Panagiotou
Rep. Committee Against Violence: Andreas Pachipis
Rep. Nicosia: Andreas Christodoulou
Rep. Limassol: Giannis Efstathiou
Rep. Larnaca: Nikolas Egglezou
Rep. Paphos: Giannis Chatzivasilis
Rep. Famagusta: George Giannakou
Rep. National Teams: Pieros Soteriou
Board Chairman’s message
“I would like to emphasize that the main concern of the entire Board is that the Union should continue to remain faithful to the purpose and the goals it has established since its inception. Allfootball players together and united can achieve more.”. George Merkis
Executive President’s message
“Dear football players, PASP serves important goals, vision and an obligation towards Cypriot football. We ensure the viability and smooth operation of the system, the presence of respect and cooperation of all those involved with the professional and amateur footballers. That is why your support as a member is absolutely necessary because everything we have achieved came as a group and not individually. Besides, football is a team sport”. Spyros Neofitidis
The members of PASP enjoy free legal advice, a large number of privileges and discounts from businesses and services, and they can also participate in the various official football awards and events of the Union. They can also study through the PASP scholarship program and participate in the Unified Insurance Plan. At the same time, they are subscribers to the annual magazine of the association and enjoy the early Christmas Gift.
«Along with the Fair Play award, a full scholarship was given to me by PASP. I would like to thank our Union and congratulate PASP for all the actions and promotions of Fair Play. It is important to be a member of PASP, as we footballers gain protection and power to claim our demands.»
«It is very important to be a member of the Footballers Union in any country you are playing. PASP takes care of its members, foreigners and Cypriots. Like VVCS (Union in Netherlands) I’ve been a member, PASP helps players about all the problems they face in their workplace, such as problems with their contracts. Also PASP’s awards. It’s always nice to get recognized for any achievement.»
«PASP has always been socially sensitive, and this has been shown by its support to “Goal in Life” from the very first moment. At the same time as a member of PASP, I am one of the first lucky graduates of FIFPro online academy. Now with my bachelor degree I see football from another point of view. I would like to thank PASP through my heart.»
«PASP’s football assessments for scholarships were a great experience for me. The fact that the evaluators were from UK and worked in Premier League’s teams shows PASP’s good work. I couldn’t claim a scholarship without the help of PASP. It is very important that our Union helps us and is next to us.»
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