Given that, in Portugal, according to a recent study made by the Football Observatory of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), the average number of foreign players per First League teams is 16, almost every club is facing a majority of foreign players. We will therefore look at the issue of jurisdiction not only in disputes between clubs and Portuguese players, but in particular with foreign players.
In Portugal, arbitration plays a key role in sports dispute resolution. Since 1995, a Joint Arbitral Commission (CAP) has been formed, consisting of six expertise law members, three nominated by the Portuguese Professional Football League and the other three by the Portuguese Players Association.
Until October 2015, the CAP had jurisdiction to...
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