FIFA’s “6+5 Rule” - a response to the INEA opinion

Published 11 October 2009 By: Ian Lynam

FIFA’s “6+5 Rule” - a response to the INEA opinion

The topic of foreign player quotas in club football has helped shape modern sports law through decisions such as Dona¹, Bosman² and Simutenkov³. Of late, FIFA has attempted to further alter the sports law landscape with their determined attempts to introduce the "6+5 rule”4 (the "Rule").


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