The FIFPro Legal Department has been in existence since 2002. It has developed into an important advisor to the FIFPro Board on current legal questions in football whereby the interests of the professional football players are of central importance.
The Legal Department primarily studies the position which a player adopts when entering into a contract or upon the conclusion of a transfer. Other prominent issues dealt with by the Legal Department include:
- guaranteeing the position of young players;
- asserting the interests of players in relation to the commercial aspects of football (such as image rights)
Another important component of the work of FIFPro’s Legal Department is the advice and support which it provides to various national footballers associations, for example in the drawing up of standard player contracts and the establishment of national Dispute Resolution Chambers.
The Legal Department supports and advises FIFPro delegates who are members of various arbitration commissions, such as the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.
The Legal Department has set up a Legal Network, through which the legal experts of the affiliated players’ unions can be kept up to date with the most recent developments in the sporting-legal field. The Legal Department organizes Legal Network Conferences. In 2013, there have been conferences in Lissabon (Portugal) and Santiago (Chile). The Legal Department is contemplating network conferences in Africa and Asia.
- Published: 16 December 2013