Head of Sports Legal Services, Disciplinary and Governance


The Asian Football Confederation







Practice Area:

Legal and Governance




7+ Years PQE

Work city:

Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



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The Asian Football Confederation (the “AFC”) is looking to fill the position of Head of Sports Legal Services, Disciplinary and Governance (Head of Unit), a prestigious and unique position in world football.

The Head of Unit provides legal expertise in disciplinary, governance and regulatory matters, and manages the team of lawyers, paralegals and other persons assigned to the unit; reporting to the General Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs (the "Director") and, as appropriate, the chairpersons and members of the AFC's judicial bodies.

This role is ideal for an experienced in-house counsel at a sports organisation or a private practice lawyer with sports law experience who is looking to make a move in-house. 

About the AFC

The AFC is the governing body of Asian football. The organisation is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and comprises 47 member associations.

The AFC organises the AFC Asian Cup and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which are the flagship Continental national team competitions, while the AFC Champions League is the premier competition for Asian clubs, drawing millions of fans to the beautiful game across the length and breadth of the Continent and beyond.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of Unit's responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:

Disciplinary Matters

The Head of Unit shall manage the AFC's disciplinary function, including carrying out the following duties:

  • managing the secretariat function in support of the AFC's judicial bodies;
  • initiating and managing case procedures in accordance with the relevant procedural rules;
  • carrying out disciplinary investigations;
  • preparing charge notices, case summaries and other documents;
  • managing meetings and decision-making (at a venue, via correspondence, via tele-conference, etc.);
  • drafting decisions;
  • communicating decisions to concerned parties (defendants, relevant AFC departments, etc.); and
  • attending and/or coordinating disciplinary matters at AFC competitions.

Court of Arbitration for Sport

The Head of Unit shall manage and provide legal expertise in relation to Court of Arbitration for Sport (the "CAS") matters in line with the instructions of the Director.

Competition-related matters

The Head of Unit shall be responsible for the provision of legal advice and support in connection with the AFC's competitions and competition regulations, including carrying out the following duties:

  • liaising with the AFC Competitions & Football Events Division (the "CFED") regarding match incidents and other competition-related legal matters;
  • keeping records of all disciplinary matters for AFC competitions and keeping the CFED updated in this regard;
  • preparing competition-related disciplinary letters and notifications;
  • providing legal advice and guidance on competition regulations; and
  • providing legal advice to the CFED in connection with player status and eligibility issues.


The Head of Unit is responsible for managing the development and maintenance of the AFC's corporate regulatory framework (e.g. AFC Statutes, AFC Organisation Regulations, etc.). The Head of Unit shall also play an active role in the preparation, delivery and management of the AFC Congress and elections.

Regulatory Matters

The Head of Unit is responsible for the provision of legal advice and support in connection with the preparation and maintenance of the AFC's rules, codes and regulations, including carrying out the following duties:

  • reviewing and proposing amendments to regulations;
  • monitoring compliance with regulations; and
  • advising on the implementation and interpretation of regulations.

Administration and Management of the Unit

The Head of Unit shall manage the unit (including carrying out performance reviews, drafting KPIs and Job Descriptions, managing leave and managing the appointments process for unit staff at AFC Competitions) and supervise the work of members of the Unit. The Head of unit is also responsible for the professional development of the unit members. The unit currently comprises 5 legal counsels and 3 paralegals.

Experience Required

Given the seniority of the role, the Head of Unit must have at least 7 years of recent experience working in relevant legal roles in one or more international law firms and/or organisations.

This is a position for a sports law expert and so candidates must be able to demonstrate significant expertise in sports disciplinary cases and procedures, as well as experience of drafting and interpreting regulations and rules.

Education Required

The Head of Unit shall be a qualified lawyer with relevant undergraduate, postgraduate and professional qualifications in the legal field. Postgraduate qualifications in the sports law/governance field are an asset.

General Requirements

Whilst it is not essential that the Head of Unit has previously worked in a football organisation, they must have a a thorough understanding of football and football governance on a global level, and how legal issues affect football organisations.

The Head of Unit shall have: 

  • a high degree of professional ethics and integrity; 
  • excellent judgement and analytical skills; 
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with excellent English language skills at a native level; 
  • the ability to anticipate legal issues and risks; 
  • a high level of organisation and an ability to multi-task; and 
  • the ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary offered, along with reasonable relocation package, annual flights and medical benefits in line with AFC policy.

How to Apply

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