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Studying & Dual career

There is life outside of football, too. The Finnish Football Players’ Association wants to help players find suitable ways of combining their playing career with studies and employment outside of football. By thinking about your post-playing career in good time, you can make a big investment in your future. A dual career can involve, for example, studies or work in different forms, and the most important issue is how to do it in terms
of a career as a player. A footballer accumulates a large toolbox of skills of tremendous benefit in later working life.

We cooperate with various educational institutions and aim to continuously find new flexible study paths suitable for footballers. All these educational institutions have considered that the season takes a lot of time with all the training and matches. In addition to normal studies, the study programmes address this by being based often on remote work and other independent studying. Studying is often possible remotely, and studies can also be started without laborious reading for entrance exams.

As a foreign professional football player, you usually have a residence permit considering to your work. That’s why studying beside your carrier might be problematic because you usually need a residence permit for studying if you want to apply for university or university of applied sciences. In addition to if you arrive to Finland from outside of European Union, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland, you should pay a tuition fee of your
studies. Because studying in regular educational programs may be impossible during a playing career, The Finnish Football Players’ Association is constantly looking for study opportunities for professional football players.