Amendments to the Regulations for the Application of the FIFA Statutes (FIFA Circular No. 1732) on eligibility to play for national teams

On September 18, 2020, the 70th Congress of the Fèderation Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”) [1] was held electronically, in which, among other measures, a series of amendments to the FIFA Statutes were approved and the Regulations for the Application of the Statutes ], whose entry into force took place with immediate effect after its approval on September 18, 2020 , and which have been incorporated into the different regulatory bodies through FIFA Circular No. 1732 dated September 23, 2020.

Among these modifications, this article addresses the amendments to articles 5 to 9 of the Regulations for the Application of the FIFA Statutes (the “FIFA RAE”) in relation to “Eligibility to play for national teams” and which were previously included under the heading «criteria for the call to participate with the national teams».

In summary, with the aforementioned amendments, FIFA has tried to fill the existing legal gaps and gaps detected based on practical experience and the casuistry of recent years in this regard.

FIFA notes that the amendments essentially seek to:

Define ambiguous and confusing concepts (on which the federations constantly request clarification); Incorporate and codify the jurisprudence established by the sole judge of the Players’ Status Commission (“CEJ”) (in order to provide legal certainty); Introduce three (3) additional exceptions to the general prohibition that prevents changing federations [8] (based on proposals from member federations and jurisprudence); Regulate the situation of stateless footballers.

Japan -VS- Cameroon 0:0 Coach Toni Conceiçao remains undefeated

Cameroon and Japan played out to a goalless draw in Friday’s friendly meeting in Utrecht, Netherlands, as the Indomitable Lions returned to action. In light of international football’s suspension during the coronavirus pandemic, this was the Central Africans’ first fixture in 11 months, and represented a big opportunity for new coach Toni Conceicao to assess his options against seasoned opposition.

LaLiga announces coronavirus-related rules for 2020-21 season

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga (LNFP) have set out rules related to the potential consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in the upcoming 2020-21 season, which kicks off next weekend, 12-13 September.

Both institutions have sent issued the same press release announcing that «these measures are intended to introduce a safeguard to modify the competition rules in the event that the circumstances arising from the pandemic so require».

Specifically, rules are set «to define the alternative stadiums of each team for cases in which the matches could not be played in their own stadiums.» In this case, the clubs will have until before the second match day of the 2020-21 season begins (September 18) to communicate their choice of alternative venues, which must be outside of their own autonomous communities.

New FIFA Legal Handbook

FIFA has published a comprehensive new handbook in which the latest FIFA regulations, statutory documents and relevant circulars can be accessed in one place electronically for the first time and has been created to provide an all-in-one electronic resource for FIFA documentation related to legal, governance and regulatory matters in football.

As well as the FIFA Statutes, the FIFA Legal Handbook features numerous other key FIFA regulatory and statutory codes. These include the FIFA Governance Regulations, Disciplinary Code, Code of Ethics and Anti-Doping Regulations, as well as the latest FIFA regulations governing the status and transfer of players, working with intermediaries, club licensing, stadium safety and security, and the Forward Programme, amongst others.

In addition, the FIFA Legal Handbook also includes relevant circulars and standard FIFA legal documents.

El español será uno de los tres idiomas oficiales del TAS

Buena noticia que se ha demorado en exceso pero que es bien recibida. El Consejo Internacional de Arbitraje del Deporte, órgano de gobierno del Tribunal Arbitral del Deporte (TAS, CAS en francés), ha decidido adoptar al español como uno de los idiomas oficiales de los procedimientos arbitrales del TAS.

Según ha informado este martes el citado órgano, el español es ahora uno de los tres idiomas de trabajo del TAS, junto al francés y al inglés.

La decisión de adoptar el español como idioma oficial reconoce la importancia creciente de este idioma en el mundo del arbitraje deportivo.

El TAS gestiona más de 600 procedimientos arbitrales cada año, de los cuales aproximadamente el 10% concierne a partes litigantes de habla hispana.

Hasta ahora, las partes podían solicitar que los procedimientos arbitrales se tramitasen en español pero dicha solicitud estaba sujeta al acuerdo de todas las partes y los árbitros actuantes.

Desde la fundación del TAS, más de 400 procedimientos arbitrales se han gestionado en español.

La adopción formal del español como tercer idioma oficial de trabajo del TAS se plasmará en la nueva versión del Código de Arbitraje Deportivo que entró en vigor a procedimientos desde 1 de julio de 2020.

FIFA provides further guidance on COVID-19 football regulatory issues

The Bureau of the FIFA Council has by 11th June 2020 approved further temporary amendments to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players and the Rules Governing the Procedures of the Players’ Status Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber. new temporary regulatory amendments approved by the Bureau of the Council are as follows:

· In order to avoid any concerns regarding unemployed players, players are permitted to be registered with a maximum of three clubs and are eligible to play in official matches for three clubs during the same season.

· In order to give priority to clubs to complete their (2019/20) season with their original squad, provide flexibility, and allow MAs to properly plan their football calendar, those associations following a dual-year calendar are permitted to commence the “first registration period” for the 2020/21 season prior to the completion of the 2019/20 season, subject to certain conditions.

· In order to provide financial relief to parties involved in disputes before FIFA, for any claim lodged between 10 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 (both inclusive), there will be no requirement to pay an advance of costs and no procedural costs shall be ordered, and for any claim lodged prior to 10 June 2020 which has yet to be decided, the maximum amount of the procedural costs shall be equivalent to any advance of costs paid.

Spain: inminent back La Liga with Sevilla-Betis


As was been anounced by the Prime Minister the competition will resume «from the week of June 8».In this sense, the re-starting of the competition will come in the venue of Sevilla CF that will host the eternal city opponent Real Betis., under the health protocolo fixed by the national authorities and the cooperation of La Liga and RFEF.

«The week of June 8 will authorize the resumption of major sports and professional competitions, and in particular the League Professional Soccer. The ball will roll again under conditions that guarantee maximum health safety for all participants in the competitions ”.