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 ”.

Spain: a coach dismissed in the preseason may train another spanish team

What happened in the summer of 2016 with the coach can no longer be repeated Marcelino García Toral. The Asturian was dismissed on August 11 of that same year, a few days after the league start in the First Division. Given that Villarreal had already enrolled him in the RFEF when he was playing the previous rounds of the Europa League, this deprived him of being able to sit on a bench in First and Second division despite the offers that existed.

The federal regulations so far are very clear in this regard. This is stated in article 162 of the General Regulations of the RFEF where until now it says that “if the contractual link between a club and a coach, second, goalkeeping coach or coach, whatever the cause, were resolved, the latter may not act in another in the course of the season, with any other license, either as a professional or as a non-professional. “

Premier League Clubs agree to extensions for out-of-contract players

At Monday’s Shareholders’ meeting, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to be allowed to enter into short-term contract extensions with players whose deals are due to expire on 30 June of this year.As the UK Government indicated on Monday its willingness for live sport to return behind closed doors from 1 June, the Premier League is exploring paths to resuming the 2019/20 season after this date.

Clubs were concerned over expiring player contracts and registration issues posed by the potential of the 2019/20 season extending beyond 30 June.

So, it was agreed by all Shareholders that clubs and players can mutually agree to extend their contracts beyond 30 June until the end of the season.

Richard Masters, the Premier League Chief Executive, said: «What we decided today is to ensure as far as possible that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had available prior to the suspension of the campaign.

«Players can extend their contracts beyond 30 June until the end of the season, but it must be agreed by both parties.»

Clubs and players will now have until 23 June to agree extensions.