FIFA’s Provisions on the Unilateral Termination of Contracts - Background and their Application

FIFA’s Provisions on the Unilateral Termination of Contracts - Background and their Application
By Mario Flores Chemor
Legal Counsel and Group Leader within
FIFA’s Players’ Status Department
 
Maja Kuster Hoffmann
Head of Players’ Status at FIFA
 
and Omar Ongaro
Football Regulatory Director at FIFA
 
Zurich - Switzerland
 

Both, the principle of maintenance of contractual stability between professional football players and clubs as well as the fundamental structures and features of the current dispute resolution system established within FIFA’s regulatory framework, were included in the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players of FIFA (hereinafter: the Regulations) in September 2001[*], following the agreement reached in March 2001 between the joint FIFA/UEFA delegation and the European Commission. Since then they have undergone some more or less important changes, but remain at the core of the Regulations.[**]


[*] Cf. Art. 21 et seqq. of the 2001 edition of the Regulations and Art. 12 and 13 of the Regulations governing the Application of the 2001 edition of the Regulations (contractual stability)...

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