We are football players who together with the USW will fight to represent professional athletes in the United States Football League (USFL), XFL, and other potential leagues who are not covered by contracts like those in the NFL Players’ Association and win the benefits and protections of a union contract.
The United Football Players Association (UFPA) is 501c4 Domestic Nonprofit Corporation filed in the State of Texas that was founded by, led, and organized by current and former professional American football players (XFL, CFL, AAF, Arena) to facilitate communication, education, and empowerment of players not represented by the National Football League Players Association.
It is the UFPA’s goal to ensure the health and well-being of professional football players, especially in the wake of COVID-19, by spearheading issues such as fairness, transparency, and overall favorable treatment of players on all levels, taking lessons learned from the recent stoppages of the AAF and XFL.
We look to have our voice heard and be treated with respect and dignity. As players we are the reason why this game exists, we deserve a voice in our working conditions and a say when it comes to our health and safety.
We are fighting to represent professional athletes in the United States Football League (USFL), XFL and other potential leagues who are not covered by contracts like those in the NFL Players’ Association and win the benefits and protections of a union contract.
“My experience of playing through injuries in between surgeries and assisting other players through several league bankruptcies showed that we cannot rely on the league to ensure our job security and financial stability. Joining a union to bargain for better treatment right now is the most important step we can take to raise our standard of living in the future.”
— UFPA President Kenneth Farrow II, who played six seasons of professional football.
We are standing together and taking action to address and improve our working conditions, including travel accommodations, the condition of practice facilities, scheduling and other concerns. Professional athletes deserve to be treated with dignity and respect on the job by their employers, and the USW has been empowering workers to fight for fairness and justice for generations.”
— UFPA Vice-President Nick Temple, who played seven seasons of professional football in multiple leagues.