This article aims to determine the legal mechanism of the non-solicitation agreement (in French, “accord de non-solicitation” - ANS). The ANS is a mutual agreement between a French club and a minor football player aged 13, where the former commits to offer an employment contract to the minor when he reaches the legal age to sign it and the latter undertakes to accept it.
To get straight to the goal, as they say on the shores of the Mediterranean, let us examine the question occupying the minds of (almost) all lawyers specialized in “football law” but to which they have not yet devoted their research, namely, what is the nature and the legal regime of the non-solicitation agreement (ANS) binding a minor football player and a professional football club and envisaging the conclusion of a definitive employment...
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