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Premier League: Football injuries ‘up 20 percent’ in Europe’s best leagues

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Premier League: Europe’s top leagues: Injuries in Europe’s top five leagues rose by 20 per cent in the 2021/22 season, according to…

Premier League: Europe’s best leagues: Injuries across Europe’s top five leagues rose by 20 percent in the 2021/22 season, according to a study published on Wednesday, as arguments intensify over soccer’s congested calendar ahead of the World Cup. The investigation by insurance brokers Howden showed clubs paid a record £513 million ($550 million) in damages last season. Damage costs were calculated by multiplying the cost per day for a player with the number of days they were unavailable due to injury. Follow Premier League live updates with InsideSport.IN

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Premier League: Football injuries ‘up 20 percent’ in Europe’s best leagues

The world players’ federation FIFPRO says structures must be put in place to limit players’ workloads. For the first time this year, a European campaign will be interrupted by a mid-season World Cup, causing further congestion on both sides of the tournament in Qatar, which starts on November 20.

European governing body UEFA has increased the number of competitive matches with the addition of the Nations League to the international program and is expanding European club competitions from 2024.

World governing body FIFA is set to follow suit with the World Cup expanded to 48 teams from 2026. The Premier League had the highest injury costs of any of the top five divisions at almost £185m, with Spain’s La Liga a distant second at 109 million pounds. French champions Paris Saint-Germain had the highest injury costs of any club in Europe at £34 million.

Injuries in the Premier League were up to 1,231 in 2021/22 against 938 the previous season. The permanent adoption of five replacements per side of football’s lawmakers IFAB is designed to reduce the burden on players. But FIFPRO is urging FIFA to go further by mandating minimum rest periods of four weeks in the off-season and a mid-season break of two weeks for each player.

Premier League: Football injuries ‘up 20 percent’ in Europe’s best leagues

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