The 2020 changes to FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players

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Published: Friday, 27 March 2020. Written by Toni Roca, Xavi Fernández No Comments

On 13 February, in Circular letter nº 1709[1], FIFA communicated new and important amendments to its Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP)[2], some of which will positively affect the rights of training clubs.

This article explains the main changes and analyses the potential day-to-day effects for clubs and players.  Specifically, it looks at:

  • Bridge transfers
  • Training compensation
  • Solidarity Mechanism
  • Minors
  • International Transfer Certificate (ITC)

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Toni Roca

Toni Roca

Toni is a sports lawyer and partner at Corner Abogado, Palma de Mallorca (Spain).  He advises clubs, agents, sportsmen and federations on matters including transfer and contracting of players, dispute resolution before national and international bodies (FIFA, CAS); sponsorship and image rights and disciplinary proceedings.

He is also Chief Executive Officer at Football Transfer Watch, Palma de Mallorca (Spain), who specialise in efficient player transfer monitoring and end-to-end claim management solutions for football clubs around the world.
Academic Information 
- Degree in Law by the University of the Balearic Islands.
- Master in Sports Law. 
- Master in Tax Law. 
- Master in Labour Law. 
- Member of the Madrid Bar Association
- Member of the Spanish Sports Law Association.
- Member of the Esports Bar Association.
- Professor of the LLM Master in International Sports Law at ISDE.
- Professor of the Master in Sports Management  and Legal Skill with FC Barcelona. 
- Member of different Disciplinary Committees in Olympic Federations.
Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and German.

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Xavi Fernández

Xavi Fernández

Intern, Corner Abogados 
Xavi graduated in Law. He  Studied the Master's for Access to the Legal Profession, Course 2018-19, at ISDE.

He has a Master's in Sports Management & Legal Skills with FCBarcelona, Course 2018-19 at ISDE.

He is currently on internship at Corner Abogados with Toni Roca.
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