In Germany, a lot of people are currently doing "short-time work" right now which is partly compensated by the state or state-controlled insurances.

I heard that some employees of professional football clubs doing short-time work as well, but I never heard that professional football players were sent into short-time work. I wonder why this is the case because they don't have much to do right now and it would possibly save millions for some clubs.

So, my question: Is it legally possible to use short-time work (as legally defined in Germany) for professional football players?

  • This will depend on the details of their contract. Their have to be "sozialversicherungspflichtig beschäftigt" for short-time work. – K-HB Apr 18 '20 at 20:50
  • Do DE pro "football" (soccer) players make the insane kind of money that USA pro "football" (rugby-ish) players make? Generally when you're in the mad-money salaries, the social safety net falls away like gantries away from a launching rocket. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Apr 18 '20 at 22:37
  • @Harper-ReinstateMonica no - top flight professional soccer players make considerably more than US NFL players. – Dale M Apr 18 '20 at 22:52

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