FIFA’s new Regulations on Working with Intermediaries explained
New Regulations for players’ agents as from 1 April 2015
The difference between intermediaries and players’ agents
- the new Regulations provide that also legal persons can act as intermediaries (whilst under the old Regulations players’ agents could only be natural persons);
- intermediaries offering agency services free of charge are also explicitly targeted by the new Regulations (whilst the old Regulations were only applicable when a fee was paid);
- also the core activity of the intermediary is defined more broadly, namely as ‘representing’ players and/or clubs in their legal relations (instead of simply ‘introducing’ the contracting parties to one another).
The registration system for intermediaries
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Jonathan Himpe is an attorney-at-law based in Antwerp (Belgium), who’s expertise lies mainly in the field of tax law and sports law. He regularly advises football players and their agents across a broad spectrum of sports law issues and, in case of litigation, represents them before court and/or (sports) arbitration panels. Jonathan is also a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Flemish Taekwondo Union.