Unilateral extension options in football contracts: Are they valid and enforceable?
Unilateral extension clauses (UECs) are contractual clauses that give one party to a contract the exclusive right to extend the employment relationship with the other party. Unlike reciprocal clauses - where both parties need to agree to the extension - UECs do not require both parties to consent to activating the clause. In the context of football, we often see UECs in favour of football clubs in employment contracts between players and clubs.
This article examines:
where and how UECs are used in football;
why they have proved to be controversial; and
what jurisprudence at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has said about the legality of such clauses.
The article will conclude by briefly contemplating whether, and how, UECs could be regulated going forward.
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