FOOTBALL LAW IN PRACTICE

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Our 8 week online course, provides a flexible and on-demand education for people who want to:

  • Learn from industry experts
  • Learn specific skills
  • Build and improve knowledge

The course is designed to give non-lawyers and lawyers an educational experience focused on practical application rather than theory. The course covers six areas:

  • Governance
  • Legal frameworks and regulations
  • Dispute resolutions
  • Player and manager contracts, tax and agency
  • Integrity - safeguarding, anti-doping, match-fixing and ethical issues
  • Commercial contracts - sponsorship and media rights contracts.

Organisations that have enrolled their employees include:

  • Football clubs - City Football Group, Millwall FC, Blackpool FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC
  • Football associations - Football Association of Ireland, Albanian Football Association, Football NSW (New South Wales)
  • Professional service firms - Harbottle & Lewis, 39 Essex Chambers, Shoosmiths, Walker Morris, RPC, Stewarts and PwC

Individual agents and players have also enrolled on the course.

Who's the course for?

This course is for lawyers, executives, sports adminsitrators, agents, players and coaches, who want to better understand the governance, legal and regulatory aspects of football and how they practically impact the industry.

It will be most beneficial to those working in football or with a base understanding of the football industry, and/or football regulations. We provide extra materials for anyone who would like to go into more depth on each of the subjects.

The Course Curriculum

Module 1: Legal and Regulatory Frameworks

In this first week we establish the legal and regulatory frameworks in football:

  • Get to know the key regulations in football
  • Understand why these regulations matter, and how they impact football stakeholders on a day to day basis
  • Learn how national and international laws intersect with football regulations
Module 2: Governance & Investments

In the second week we will explore the corporate governance structures in football and see how these influence investment opportunities in the game:

  • Learn how federations, leagues and clubs are structured
  • Establish an understanding of why and how corporate structures influence how the game is run
  • Learn how investments are being made in football and its impact
Module 3: Dispute Resolution

In week 3 we will explain and examine the dispute resolution mechanisms in football:

  • Adjudicatory bodies at FIFA, confederations, federations, and leagues
  • The roles of arbitral bodies such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Sports Resolutions
  • How to appeal decisions and common mistakes to avoid
Module 4: Player & Managers

In week 4 we look at player and manager club and international contracts and representation agreements:

  • Transfers and immigration considerations
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Considerations such as image rights structures and tax
  • Third party influence and investment
  • Solidarity and training compensation
  • Minors contracts
Module 5: Integrity

In week 5 we explore how integrity issues are impacting federations, leagues, clubs, players and managers.

  • Anti-doping regulations
  • Anti-corruption regulations including match-fixing
  • Safeguarding and the FIFA Guardians initiative
  • Dealing with discrimination, abuse and harassment
Module 6: Commercial - Sponsorship and Media Rights

In week 6 we will look at the how commercial contracts are structured and negotiated in football.

  • Kit deals
  • Boot deals
  • Broadcast deals
  • Betting
  • Crypto – NFTs & Fan Tokens
  • Stadium naming rights
  • Athlete endorsements

Lecturers

Our lecturers are all leading lawyers who have extensive experience working in football and sports law including:

  • Achta Mahamat Saleh, Former Director of Legal Affairs & Compliance, Confederation of African Football.

  • Álvaro Gómez de la Vega Jiménez, Legal Manager, RCD Espanyol de Barcelona

  • Andrew Mercer, General Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs, Asian Football Confederation

  • Beth French, Legal Counsel, FIFA

  • Carlos Schneider, Director of the Secretariat of the Judicial Bodies, FIFA. Formerly Legal Counsel with UEFA.

  • Chris Anderson,Experience Football Lawyer and Former Head of the Football Governance Review with The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS)

  • Ciaran Fitzgerald-Morgan, Legal Counsel, TEAM Marketing

  • Daniel Geey, Partner, Sheridans. Author of “Done Deal: An Insider's Guide to Football Contracts, Multi-Million Pound Transfers and Premier League Big Business”.

  • Dr. Despina Mavromati, Attorney-at-law, BianchiSchwald & Lecturer, University of Lausanne

  • Ian Smith, Former Director, Commercial & Operational Legal, FIFA.

  • Jaime Cambreleng Contreras, Partner at Cavaliero & Associates and Former Head of Litigation at FIFA.

  • James Kitching, Consultant & Managing Director, The FC Sports. Former Director of Football Regulatory at FIFA.

  • Jane Purdon, Director, Women in Football and Chair, Professional Game Academy Audit Company. Former Head of Governance and Leadership at UK Sport, and Director of Governance at The Premier League.

  • Jonathan Brown, Senior Managing Director, Ankura, specialising in Risk, Forensics & Compliance.

  • Josep Francesc Vandellos Alamilla, Founder/Partner, Vandellos Sports Law.

  • Kelly Skeggs, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, OmniSports.

  • Liz Coley, Partner, LEVEL & Former Club Secretary at Sunderland FC, West Ham United FC & Southampton FC

  • Kieran Maguire, Football finance lecturer, Price Of Football Podcast presenter and author.

  • Kim Mundy, Head of Safeguarding & Governance, Southampton FC

  • Liam Thorpe, Head of Legal, Red Bull Media House

  • Loic Alves, Legal Counsel, FIFPRO

  • Luís Villas-Boas Pires, Head of Agents, FIFA

  • Mario Flores Chemor, Head of Sports Legal, European Club Association (ECA)

  • Mario Tenore, Of counsel, Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati

  • Mark Hovell, Head of Sport, Mills & Reeve & CAS Arbitrator

  • Massimo Coccia, Founding Partner, Coccia De Angelis Vecchio & Associati and CAS Arbitrator

  • Matthew Kaiser, Associate Attorney, Global Sports Advocates

  • Michael Savva, Assets and Structured Finance Partner, Watson Farley & Williams (Middle East) LLP.

  • Nick De Marco QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers.

  • Paolo Lombardi, Managing Director, Lombardi Associates Ltd and Former Head of Disciplinary and Governance at FIFA.

  • Paul Shapiro, Partner, Northridge Law

  • Richard Bush, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

  • Roberto de Palma Barracco, Judge, NDRC/CNRD, Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) & Head of Research. CBF Academy & CAS Arbitrator

  • Roy Vermeer, Legal Director, FIFPro and formerly Senior Group Legal Counsel at FIFA.

  • Sarah MacDonald, Partner, Wiggin

  • Stephan Smith, Legal Counsel, The FA

  • Tim Greenwell, Chief Governance & Operations Officer, Southampton FC

Course Study Format

We offer two versions of the course:

  • Essential - on-demand
  • Premium - everything in Essential with the addition of live lectures and questions and answer sessions with industry experts.

There are a limited number of places on the Premium edition of the course. Therefore, registration enrollments will be on a first come first served basis. The next edition Premium course starts on the 14 February 2023.

If you enrol on the Essential course and later decide you would like to do the Premium edition, you can pay the difference in price and upgrade to the Premium edition of the course.

Professional players (current & former) can enrol on the course free of charge. However, this is assessed on a case by case basis therefore please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire.

Essential Edition

£899

Plus and institutional members receive £100 discount. Prices shown includes VAT. Instalment plans are avaliable on an individual basis.

What's Included:

  • Access to all course materials on-demand
  • Plus membership to LawInSport.com for period of the course
  • Additional materials - articles and videos going into more depth on subjects

Premium Edition

£1200

Plus and institutional members receive £100 discount. Prices shown includes VAT. Instalment plans are avaliable on an individual basis.

What's Included:

  • Access to all course materials on-demand
  • Plus membership to LawInSport.com for period of the course
  • Additional materials - articles and videos going into more depth on subjects
  • Additional live Q&A sessions with world leading football law experts

The next Premium course will commence on the 14 February 2023. Numbers are restricted and are given on a first come first served basis.

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