The 64th FIFA Congress today approved several amendments to the FIFA Statutes and the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes, necessary for the implementation of the new Regulations on Working with Intermediaries, which will subsequently replace the current FIFA Players’ Agents Regulations.
The new regulations, which introduce a new approach based on the concept of intermediaries, were approved by the FIFA Executive Committee at its meeting on 21 March 2014 and are set to come into force on 1 April 2015, allowing FIFA’s 209 member associations to have enough time to adapt to the new system.
The in-depth reform of the existing players’ agents system was decided back in 2009 by the 59th FIFA Congress in order to address several shortfalls that had been identified within the licensing system. This decision was followed by a lengthy and extensive consultation process with representatives of all relevant members of the international football community, including member associations, confederations, clubs, FIFPro and professional football leagues.
All possible options identified were thoroughly discussed and evaluated in the framework of working groups and the competent FIFA standing committees, taking into account the needs of modern-day relations between players and clubs and with the ultimate objective of achieving a high degree of acceptance by the main parties concerned.
It is important to stress that the aim of the in-depth review was never to deregulate the governance of the activities of players’ agents, but to propose a new system that is more transparent and simple to administer and implement, resulting, in turn, in better enforcement at national level.
The new regulations no longer regulate access to the activity, but instead provide an overarching framework for a better control of the activity itself by introducing minimum standards and requirements as well as a registration system for intermediaries who represent players and/or clubs in the conclusion of employment contracts and transfer agreements (see details in the PDF).