The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) will host an international congress on the FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players at its Madrid headquarters on 26 and 27 October.

Organised with the support of both FIFA and legal firm Garrigues Sports & Entertainment, the congress will bring together more than 250 representatives from national football associations, clubs and other stakeholders with an interest in broadening their knowledge of this FIFA regulation.

The amended version of the regulations came into effect on 1 July 2005. Their direct application to clubs and players, the implementation of their procedures before the Players' Status Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber, and the rulings reached by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in relation to the regulations are all aspects that have a considerable impact on the day-to-day workings of football around the world.

In view of the importance of the FIFA regulations, the key objective of this World Congress is to give football clubs, players' agents and other stakeholders an opportunity to analyse and clarify the content of the provisions.

More than 250 invitees have confirmed their attendance including several heads of South American football, representatives and legal directors from Europe's top clubs, UEFA and FIFA representatives and some of the world's leading sports lawyers.

Hosted at the RFEF's headquarters in Las Rozas (Madrid), the congress will be opened on Friday 26 October by RFEF President and FIFA and UEFA Vice-President Angel Maria Villar Llona, who will be accompanied by the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco.

The two-day programme features a number of conferences on specific issues such as administrative procedures involved in the transfer of players between national associations, the unilateral extension of contracts between players and clubs and player training/development rights. There will also be a round table discussion on the practical problems arising from the regulations.

Further information is available at the RFEF website: