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Why are football players in the Czech Republic treated as independent contractors?

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Thursday, 03 August 2023 By Zdenek Tomicek, Jan Vlcek

The Czech Republic, along with Romania and Slovenia (among others), does not recognize footballers as employees1, but rather independent contractors2. This legal status comes with several benefits to both the players and the clubs. The downsides, however, may outweigh the positives and leave footballers vulnerable.

In this article the authors aim to present a complex overview of the current legal background of players' legal status under Czech law, as well as pointing out both the positives and negatives of this set-up.

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Zdenek Tomicek

Zdenek Tomicek

Zdenek is Partner of CEE Attorneys office in Prague and Founding Partner of CEE Attorneys. He specialises particularly in business consulting, litigations & arbitrations, labour law and general corporate.

Jan Vlcek

Jan Vlcek

Jan specializes in general corporate, M&A and labour law, whilst also providing comprehensive legal advisory in cross-border operations and foreign market entry.

Prior to joining CEE Attorneys, Jan worked at EY. In addition to his legal qualification, Jan has also graduated in International Business and Chinese Studies.

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