“The third edition encompasses the latest amendments to the RSTP as well as detailed information on the regulations and case law of the FIFA Football Tribunal and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).”
“The directives — which include a new license requirement and change how agents earn their commissions — are expected to decrease the total number of agents working in the field and potentially decrease agent earnings, arguably making club jobs more lucrative in the process.”
“Aramco, the Saudi Arabian state-owned oil company, is close to becoming FIFA’s biggest sponsor in a deal that would include annual payments of up to $100 million through 2034, according to the London Times.”
“Experts in sports law and finance said the findings indicate Abramovich’s Chelsea may have secretly bypassed Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules governing world football, helping propel the club to the pinnacle of the game, at the expense of its rivals.”
“The case, brought against FIFA by a group if UK based agents including CAA, Stellar and ICM, is awaiting a merit decision on whether the new rules can be enforced under English law. … FIFA has currently suspended enforcing the implementation of the new rules while the UK case is waiting for judgement.”
“A federal judge in 2021 dismissed Relevent's suit, but the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March reinstated it. The 2nd Circuit ruled that U.S. Soccer could be held liable if FIFA's rule is found to violate antitrust law because it had agreed to FIFA's rules as a member of the international body.”
“Several football agents and agents' associations have initiated legal actions against FIFA. Over the summer, the Spanish Association of Football Players' Agents, along with 18 other football agents and agencies, filed a lawsuit against FIFA, as well as asking for interim measures to prevent FIFA from enforcing the FFAR fee cap. On November 6, 2023, the court ruled in the agents’ favour, marking a significant win for those opposing FIFA’s legislation.”
“Strict new laws imposed by the world football governing body — including a cap on fees that agents can make from a player transfer deal — have won approval in Brussels ahead of a hearing at the Court of Justice of the European Union, according to the Commission's written submission to judges.”
“Those particular national teams [Colombia and Spain], the delivery and the performance of both of those squads in this tournament was pretty impressive. The Hispanic audience, the Latino audience is very aspirational, and they look for stories that inspire them, and you couldn’t have asked for a better narrative from both clubs.” - Eli Velazquez, Telemundo Executive VP of Sports
“Jorge Messi represents his son as his agent. He has played a pivotal role in Lionel Messi’s club transfer to Inter Miami. However, FIFA’s new regulations for football agents have put his role at risk, potentially requiring Messi to consider changing his agent.”
The FIFA Football Law Annual Review (FLAR) will be in Tokyo on February 1-2, 2024 for discussions on the most pressing and interesting topics in football law. The agenda will feature, among other key topics, presentations on the new FIFA Clearing House, the legal proceedings around the FIFA Football Agent Regulations and the European Football landscape.
“Lamari would be unable to obtain the relevant certificates until May 2024 and faces the threat of a fine if she continues to represent her son. There are, however, a couple of loopholes that could be explored as teams in Germany and England have blocks in place that prevent them from having to adhere to the FIFA regulations for now – meaning that Mbappe could head for the Bundesliga or Premier League if he wanted to keep his mother in place and speak with other clubs.”
“The event is aimed at providing professionals occupying executive/managerial positions in club football and in house legal counsel with the latest industry know-how and insights in relation to football contracts, covering key areas from a regulatory and financial standpoint.”
"An FA statement confirmed: “The FA agrees that the implementation date of the National Football Agent Regulations (to the extent upheld by the Tribunal) will be delayed until the earlier of (a) 30 November 2023 or (b) the handing-down of the Tribunal’s award.”"
“If, in addition to Germany (and potentially England), the FFAR cannot be implemented by a number of the leading national football associations as a result of decisions by domestic or European courts, where there is still a pending European Court of Justice decision on this matter, and FIFA is forced to suspend the FFAR in these jurisdictions, it would represent a significant blow to FIFA.”
“The view of one lawyer working with the AFA is that the idea it is agent commissions driving the market is “beyond making any sense”. All of the demand comes from the clubs. They are willing to pay the players so much as part of what has become a financial arms race, and agents merely mediate this.”