The International Football Federation has signed an agreement with the worldwide players' union to resolve issues in the sport, including racism, financial scandals, and corruption.
The agreement with the union FIFPro outlines new rules governing player rights and restrictions on player transfers. FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his FIFPro counterpart Philippe Piat signed the deal at Barcelona's Nou Camp Stadium.
FIFA has been under increasing pressure from clubs demanding compensation for players injured while appearing for their national teams. The European Court of Justice is set to rule on a case involving the Belgian club Charleroi and midfielder Abdelmajid Oulmers, who missed eight months of play after being injured while playing for Morocco in 2004.
The so-called G-14 of Europe's most lucrative clubs is backing Charleroi, and has supported a similar case involving the French club Lyon.
Under current regulations, national federations are supposed to take out insurance on players, but some federations cannot afford the coverage.Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.