Inaugural FIFA Diploma in Football Law gets underway

20 Feb 2020

  • First FIFA Diploma in Football Law begins in Miami
  • Students embark on 13-month long course
  • Diploma will take place across five continents

The first edition of the FIFA Diploma in Football Law commenced its opening module in Miami, USA on 17 February.

With five modules taking place across five different continents over the next 13 months, the 26 participants coming from different confederations, national associations, clubs leagues and players’ unions all around the world enjoyed their first taste of the course at Concacaf HQ.

The programme will give participants a deep insight into the likes of football structures, transfer regulations, disciplinary, doping and integrity matters, and proceedings in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, ensuring those involved can provide vital insight and advice to football stakeholders upon completion.

With lecturers including some of the top specialists in football law from around the world, the participants will be taught by a range of renowned figures currently practising in the field. The opening introductory module in Miami lays the groundwork – underlining fundamental legal systems, structures and key stakeholder interests – to build upon throughout the further modules.

A mixture of lectures, research and practical workshops will see those taking part grow their knowledge and challenge their understanding ahead of applying their newfound expertise upon graduating in March 2021 at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland.

The FIFA Diploma in Football Law is a new chapter in the long partnership between FIFA and the CIES – International Center for Sports Studies.

FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctions four players for involvement in match...

04 Feb 2020

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has found several players guilty of having been involved in match manipulation in violation of art. 69 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (2017 ed.) (unlawfully influencing match results).

In particular, given his central role in the conspiracy, the player George Mandela, Uganda, has been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for life.

Moreover, the following individuals have been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four (4) years.

  • Mr Moses Chikati, Kenya;
  • Mr Festus Okiring, Kenya;
  • Mr Festo Omukoto, Kenya.

The formal disciplinary proceedings against the aforementioned individuals stemmed from an investigation into various matches from the Kenyan Premier League in 2019. This investigation was conducted by FIFA through its Integrity Department with the consent of and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.

The findings of the relevant decisions were notified to the concerned individuals today, the date on which the relevant bans come into force. The grounds of the decisions, if requested, will be published on in accordance with art. 51 par. 7 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

FIFA reports show further upward trend in both men’s and women’s transfer m...

22 Jan 2020

  • Spending in men’s football reaches new high of USD 7.35 billion, 5.8% more than in 2018
  • Number of international transfers (+19.7%) and transfer fees (+16.3%) in women’s football also on the rise

FIFA has just released the new edition of the Global Transfer Market Report. For the second consecutive year, it is offered in two versions: one covering men’s football and another covering women’s football.

The two reports provide detailed data on the global international transfer activity at professional football clubs around the world throughout 2019.

Key statistics from the men’s report:

  • Spending reached a new high of USD 7.35 billion, 5.8% more than in 2018
  • A new record was set with 18,042 international transfers, which involved 15,463 players of 178 different nationalities
  • 80% of all spending on transfer fees came from 100 clubs combined
  • Portugal had the largest positive net balance with USD 384.0 million. England had the largest negative net balance with USD -549.9 million
  • More than one in every four transfers of players under 18 included sell-on fees

Key statistics from the women’s report:

  • All-round upward trends, including the number of international transfers (+19.7%), clubs involved (+24.5%) and transfer fees (+16.3%)
  • Almost 20% of all transfers involved a player from the USA, by far the most represented nationality in the transfer market
  • The average contract duration has grown from 10.5 months in 2018 to 12.1 months in 2019 (+16%)

The reports also include summary tables with the volume and value of transfers for each of the 211 FIFA member associations, and other information such as transfer types, nationality and age of the players involved, and historical comparisons.

“We are happy to once again share the GTM reports for both men and women’s football, which clearly reflect the constantly evolving trends in the global transfer market. It is remarkable to see a new record number of transfers in the men’s market. We observe as well increasing all-round figures in the women’s market, which is a sign of the positive overall development women’s football over the last year which we trust will continue in 2020,” said FIFA’s Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Dr Emilio García Silvero.

The data published in the FIFA Global Transfer Market Reports is extracted from ITMS, which is used by all 211 FIFA member associations around the globe and over 7,000 professional football clubs for the international transfer of professional football players.