Learn how football law works

Improve your understanding of how governance, regulation and the law impacts football in practice. Without having to give a huge time commitment.

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Preparing for success on and off the pitch

Football law, governance and regulation is growing in complexity across the world, from player contracts, international transfers, agents regulations, club licensing or challenging the decision of regulators or adjudicatory bodies.

It's no longer optional to understand the legal and regulatory landscape in football, as it has a direct influence on the success players, clubs and leagues have on and off the pitch.

Football Law In Practice

Football Law In Practice is a 6 week online course from the 19 September to the 27 October 2022, where leading football lawyers explain and provide practical insights into the important governance, legal and regulatory issues in football.

During the 6 weeks, we will have a combination of short on-demand lectures, quizzes, and live lectures where you can ask the lecturers specific questions you may have and gain further practical insights.

The course has been designed with LawInSport's & our lecturers extensive experience keeping football stakeholders (including lawyers, executives and administrators across federations, leagues, clubs, players unions, agents) stay up to date on important legal developments.

Who's the course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in the governance, legal and regulatory aspects of football and how they practically impact the industry.

The course covers a broad range of issues to give a comprehensive understanding of the import legal issues in football. We have broken up the modules to cover perspectives from football stakeholders.

  • Federations (International & National)
  • Leagues
  • Clubs
  • Players and Managers
  • Agents

It will be most beneficial to those working in football or with a base understanding of 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.

People who are invested in continuing professional development are willing to give to the following time commitments every week for 6 weeks

  • 2 hours self-learning - on-demand presentations and reading
  • 2 hours of live lectures and Q&A with lecturers per week

*Certificates are provided upon completion of all modules

Who's this course not for?

This course is not for you if you are...

  1. Not willing to put in the time and effort to complete the course in 6 weeks.
  2. Looking for quick answers and do not want to invest the time needed to understand the subject matter.
  3. Wanting a quick way to become a football lawyer or agent. Building expertise, relationships and a reputation requires consistency over time and lots of investment of time and effort to build knowledge and expertise.
  4. Looking for a job in football. Whilst it will certainly benefit you doing the course and demonstrate your investment in your personal development, requirements for roles in football/sports law require certain professional qualification and experience.

The Course Curriculum

Week 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
Week 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 structures
  • 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
Week 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
Week 4: Player & Managers

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

  • Transfers and immigration considerations
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Considerations such a image rights structures and tax
  • Third party influence and investment
  • Solidarity and training compensation
  • Contract with minors
Week 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
Week 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

Schedule

  • 19 September - Course start & induction
  • 22 September - Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
  • 29 September - Governance & Investments
  • 06 October - Dispute Resolution
  • 13 October - Player & Managerial Contracts. Football Agency & Tax
  • 20 October - Integrity (Safeguarding, Anti-Doping & Match-Fixing)
  • 27 October - Commercial - Sponsorship and Media Rights

Registration

Registration ends on the 14 September with a limited number of places

Price: £1200 (inclusive of VAT)

(£100 discount (applied at checkout) for LawInSport Plus Yearly, Corporate and Academic members)


Students receive:

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

The course is FREE for all current & former professional players (male and female), with the caveat they are not either working as lawyer, working in the professional services sector or working in a position in sport as an executive, agents or administration role. This is assesed on a case by case basis - please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire.

The course can also be paid for in installments. To enquire about this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lecturers

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

  • Nick De Marco QC

    Nick is rated a leading silk in Sports Law and is a member of Blackstone Chambers. He is acknowledged as having special expertise in all aspects of football and has been involved in most of the recent high profile cases in the sport. He has particular expertise in financial regulation including financial fair play, disputes relating to football agents, player disputes and disciplinary issues, doping in football, commercial disputes between clubs and third parties and Third Party Ownership of football players.

  • Daniel Geey

    Daniel is a Partner in the Sherdians Sport Group & author of 'Done Deal'. He has significant experience in the football industry and has worked on a variety of club takeovers, high profile transfers, commercial endorsement deals and disputes.

  • Kelly Skeggs

    Kelly is the Chief Operations Officer & General Counsel, Omnisports. She has extensive experience working across variety of roles in football including being a former Legal and Company Secretary at Hull City and Bristol City as well as working for Ipswich Town FC and Tottenham Hotspur on their EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plans).

  • Josep Vandellos

    Josep is lawyer and arbitrator, with over 10 years experience representing athletes, clubs, national associations, agents and coaches in front of the different dispute resolution bodies and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (Switzerland). He also advises his clients on a regular basis in contract drafting and negotiations.

  • James Kitching

    James is the Mangaging Director of The FC, and is an independent consultant advising the global sports industry on regulation, governance, integrity, and strategy matters. He recently left the role of Director of Football Regulatory at FIFA and is a Member Of The Supervisory Board of the FIFA Clearinghouse.

  • Ian Smith

    Ian is an experience lawyer and sports executive. Formerly has was the Director, Commercial & Operational Legal at FIFA and he has held senior positions at Catalyst Media Group Ltd, TEAM Marketing and Sportfive.

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