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Training compensation and solidarity payments - FIFA activates Article 13 to help clubs fast-track disputes

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Friday, 30 August 2019 By Toni Roca

Recently FIFA, headed by its Chief Legal Officer, Emilio Garcia Silvero, has been doing a laudable job of updating all the regulations related to the football transfer system, a task that is included within the so-called FIFA 2.0 project1.

The main reforms package was approved2 by the FIFA Council on 26 October 2018 and includes measures such as:

  • the creation of a Clearing House to process all payments related to transfers (discussed earlier in this article3),

  • the introduction of an electronic transfer system at national level4,

  • the adoption of new rules regarding agents, and

  • the application of the solidarity contribution to domestic transfers with an "international component",

some of which are already being implemented. For more on the reforms, please see this article5.

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Toni Roca

Toni Roca

Toni is a sports lawyer and partner at Corner Abogado, Palma de Mallorca (Spain).  He advises clubs, agents, sportsmen and federations on matters including transfer and contracting of players, dispute resolution before national and international bodies (FIFA, CAS); sponsorship and image rights and disciplinary proceedings.

He is also Chief Executive Officer at Football Transfer Watch, Palma de Mallorca (Spain), who specialise in efficient player transfer monitoring and end-to-end claim management solutions for football clubs around the world.
Academic Information 
- Degree in Law by the University of the Balearic Islands.
- Master in Sports Law. 
- Master in Tax Law. 
- Master in Labour Law. 
- Member of the Madrid Bar Association
- Member of the Spanish Sports Law Association.
- Member of the Esports Bar Association.
- Professor of the LLM Master in International Sports Law at ISDE.
- Professor of the Master in Sports Management  and Legal Skill with FC Barcelona. 
- Member of different Disciplinary Committees in Olympic Federations.
Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and German.

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