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Top 5 Tips For Football Club Secretaries On Drafting Player Contracts

Monday, 06 June 2022 By Liz Coley

This article aims to assist Club Secretaries who do not have access to internal or external legal resources with drafting player contracts and associated documentation clearly. There are of course many areas which could be focused on, however this article looks at 5 key areas:

  1. Use of defined terms to simplify the standard playing contract;
  2. Clearly stated payment dates;
  3. Option clauses v automatic extension clauses;
  4. Bonus/Incentive schedule; and
  5. Payments to the player’s intermediary.

The author draws on her experience having worked as a club secretary for several Premier League/EFL Championship clubs prior to qualification and more recently as a specialist sports lawyer who has spent time on secondment at a further number of professional clubs.

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Liz Coley

Liz Coley

Liz Coley is a Partner at LEVEL. 

Liz is a highly experienced sports lawyer, who offers clients an indepth understanding of the world of professional football. Liz had almost 20 years experience working for 4 professional football clubs and for The FA prior to qualification as a lawyer. Since that time she has worked exclusively in sports law, representing a large number of clubs in relation to player contracts and transfers, compliance and regulatory issues and disputes.

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