Item 11.1 of the 63rd FIFA Congress agenda provided for an update and report on football governance matters.
Geoff Thompson, Chairman of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and member of the Players’ Status Committee, presented to the delegates an update on the in-depth revision process of FIFA’s Players’ Agents Regulations.
The revision of the current regulatory framework has been the object of discussions and extensive consultation with all relevant stakeholders within the international football community. The overriding objective remains to ultimately propose a new system that is more transparent, simpler in its implementation and administration, and one that meets a high degree of acceptance by the parties mainly concerned.
In this context, the most recent development were the discussions at the Sub-Committee for Club Football on 13 February 2013 – established by decision of the Committee for Club Football of 8 January 2013 – where all possible options identified since the beginning of the revision process were once more presented and thoroughly evaluated.
The members of the sub-committee unanimously concluded that while the current draft regulations based on the concept of intermediaries could form the basis for further developments, the following three main findings should be presented at the FIFA Executive Committee and the FIFA Congress:
- The current licensing system should be abandoned;
- A set of minimum standards/requirements must be established in FIFA’s future set of regulations;
- A registration system for intermediaries must be set up.
Following the endorsement by the FIFA Executive Committee at its meeting of March 2013, the FIFA Congress also supported by an overwhelming majority the new suggested approach based on the Sub-Committee’s three conclusions above, allowing now for the implementation of the respective agreed roadmap, namely the creation of a working group so that a new set of regulations is presented and approved in 2014.