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Why The South African Football Association Must Reform Its Training Compensation Regime

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Tuesday, 25 January 2022 By Nomfundo Khumalo, Farai Razano

Whenever there is a discussion on the success (or failure) of South African national football teams, the issue of the need for proper youth development structures and programmes always takes centre stage. It is often argued that South African football lacks youth training and development structures necessary for the systematic flow-through of football players from youth teams into senior teams. This is a persistent issue that one would expect the football authorities or regulators, primarily the South African Football Association (“SAFA”), to pay attention to and ensure that youth development is encouraged through a training and development compensation regime that incentivises and properly compensates clubs and academies.

This article considers the training compensation regime in South African football. It will be argued that SAFA does not have a valid and proper training compensation regime and that there is a need for the adoption and implementation of a clear and comprehensive training compensation regime that will ensure that clubs and academies are easily and properly are compensated for their youth training and development efforts.

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Nomfundo Khumalo

Nomfundo Khumalo

Nomfundo is an associate at Razano Attorneys. She is passionate about the law and is determined to make her mark within the legal fraternity. Her main practice areas include sports law and employment law.

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Farai Razano

Farai Razano

Partner, Razano Attorneys

Farai a Partner at Razano Attorneys. His practice focuses on sports law and entertainment law. He has acted for individual athletes, football clubs, sports associations, and several clients in the film and television industry. Farai has advised and acted for various clients before national and international specialist dispute resolution tribunals. He has also acted as a Prosecutor for the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport and Boxing South Africa.

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