Injuries suffered during this year's World Cup tournament could overhaul the way footballers are insured and paid while on international duty.
Business adviser, Grant Thornton, has predicted that footballers' insurance will come under the spotlight following the news that Newcastle United is set to seek a possible £9m in damages from the FA due to the injury suffered by striker, Michael Owen.
England players currently benefit from insurance set up by the FA to cover the risk of temporary and career ending injuries. But other national FAs have no such insurance in place.
Although Fifa has arranged a £6.6m insurance fund to compensate clubs if their players are injured during the World Cup, Longworth said: “So far, Fifa has managed to keep the World Cup a claim free zone – the early signs are that it's unlikely to succeed in doing so much longer.”