FIFA Football Law Review 2019

One of the fundamental pillars of FIFA 2.0 is the transparency of the organisation, its governance and the decision-making process. In recent years, the development of regulations and legal decisions in various areas of FIFA’s work has become very relevant for professionals, national associations, leagues, clubs and players’ unions.

With this undeniable reality in mind, FIFA has set itself the objective of ensuring that football’s legal stakeholders are kept abreast of the most relevant aspects of the field. In February 2019, FIFA opened its doors to present the very-first FIFA Football Law Annual Review (2018 edition).

The idea was to introduce, on an annual basis, the regulatory work, the case law containing the key decisions of FIFA’s decision-making and independent bodies, and the main CAS proceedings prompted by FIFA’s decisions, and this endeavour must continue. 2019 has been another year of important regulatory changes for FIFA and relevant decisions by the independent bodies. It is time to share this information and present it to everyone!



Monday, 22 June

14:00 Welcome Gianni Infantino, FIFA President

14:15 Introduction: FIFA Legal and Compliance Division 2019 Dr Emilio Garcia, FIFA Chief Legal & Compliance Officer

14:45 FIFA rules and regulations in 2019: main amendments James Kitching, FIFA Director of Football Regulatory

15:30 Break

15:45 Commercial legal matters in 2019 Ian Smith, FIFA Director of Operational Legal 16:15 Disciplinary and ethics proceedings in 2019: main figures Mario Gallavotti, FIFA Director Independent Committees Carlos Schneider, FIFA Head of Disciplinary and Ethics (IC)

17:00 CAS proceedings involving FIFA in 2019: figures and leading cases Miguel Lietard, FIFA Director of Litigation

17:45 Break

18:00 The FIFA Clearing House Conrado Plano, FIFA Head of Clearing House 18:30

End of first day 


Tuesday 22 June

14:00 Football Global Transfer Report 2019: main figures

Jacques Blondin, FIFA Head of TMS

14:45 Reforms of the transfer system: an update

Ornella Desirée Bellia, FIFA Head of Professional Football

Luís Villas-Boas, FIFA Head of Intermediaries

15:30 Break

16:00 On the status and transfer of players

The Players’ Status Department: 2019 overview & 2020 (20 min.)

Erika Montemor Ferreira, FIFA Head of Players’ Status Contract-related disputes (20 min.) Marisa Domínguez Rubio, FIFA Senior Group Leader Solidarity mechanism and training compensation disputes (20 min.)

Pascal Martens, FIFA Senior Group Leader International transfer of minors (15 min.)

Julien Deux, FIFA Senior Group Leader

17:15 Break

17:30 Round table: COVID-19 – Football Regulatory Issues


Emilio Garcia, FIFA

Margarita Echeverria, General Secretary Costa Rica FA

Samar Nassar, General Secretary Jordan FA

Sabina Fasciolo, Head of Legal FIGC

Luis Felipe Santoro, Legal Director CBF

Jules Karangwa, Legal Counsel Rwanda FA

18:30 End of second day



The FIFA Football Law Annual Review 2019 was originally planned to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 16 March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, FIFA was forced to reschedule the on-site event, for which, at the time of this decision, more than 400 participants had registered. Attendance at this special on-line version of the FIFA Football Law Annual Review 2019 is free of charge and registration before the event is not necessary. This activity is open to FIFA member associations, confederations, leagues, clubs, players’ unions, lawyers and other interested participants. The FIFA Football Law Annual Review 2019 will be streamed on All times referenced in this document are CET. All presentations will be given in English, with simultaneous interpreting into Spanish and French. ANY QUESTIONS? Contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Event Date 22-06-2020 13:00
Event End Date 23-06-2020 17:30


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