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Alan Darfi, Chief Executive Officer, Herefordshire FA - E110

Alan Darfi, Chief Executive Officer, Herefordshire FA - E110
Thursday, 10 June 2021

Alan Darfi is the Chief Executive Officer at the Herefordshire Football Association. Previously he held roles in private practice and sports organisation including positions as Director at Rugby League European Federation, Director of Projects and Legal at The Rugby Football League and various roles at The Football Association (England FA).

He also an Ad-Hoc Hearing Body Member for the International Paralympic Committee, Arbitrator at Sport Resolutions and is on The Football Association (National Anti-Discrimination Chairman's Panel, then National County Football Association Discipline Panel).

In this podcast Alan shares his unusual pathway into sport and describes how and why he moved from The FA, into private practice to qualify as a lawyer, before moving back into in-house roles and then finally moving to his present role as the CEO of the Herefordshire FA.


  • 1:45 - His journey into sports law

  • 8:59 - How to sell your self to your current and future employers

  • 26:45 - Changing his career direction

  • 29:09 - Decision making and how to be reactive when choosing your career path

  • 36:47 - His role at Herefordshire FA and the structure of the Association

  • 41:51 - Transferable skills in law and how best to apply them

  • 46:31 - How to identify what you truly want to do with your career and balancing work and family life with a young family

  • 53:50 - How to develop your career as an aspiring sports lawyer

  • 1:00:42 - Aspirations for women's football in England

We thoroughly enjoyed the interview and took a lot away from it. We hope you do the same. 

The host is Sean Cottrell (@spcott), founder and CEO of LawInSport.

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