UEFA Football Law Programme (UEFA FLP)
The UEFA FLP brings together specialists handling legal issues within the industry who would like to deepen their understanding of football law and bring their knowledge up to date.
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The UEFA FLP is designed specifically for legal professionals who need to be up to speed with the latest developments in football law. The programme has been developed by UEFA in close collaboration with internationally renowned academic experts and legal practitioners. It comprises four week-long sessions that analyse topical aspects of football law. Each session is designed to enhance the participants’ understanding of the many intricate issues involved.
Session 1: Introduction to football law
This first session of the UEFA Football Law Programme aims to provide you with solid foundations in the area of football law – foundations that you can then build on in future sessions. You need to start your journey by understanding and analysing current football structures at national, confederation and international level. We will therefore conduct a full review of the main organisational issues facing FIFA, UEFA and a number of major national associations. During this session, we will also take the time to study the structures and objectives of a number of other key stakeholders in European football, such as the European Club Association, the European Leagues and the International Federation of Professional Footballers. This will give you a clear overview of the football industry, its main legal issues and the possible challenges that it could face in the future.
- UEFA and FIFA structures: rules and regulations
- Football stakeholders: ECA, FIFPro and EPFL
- Football law and state law: sources and relationship
- An introduction to Swiss law
- EU law and sport
- ECJ jurisprudence in sport: influence on football;
- The Council of Europe and sport
Session 2: FIFA transfer regulations
The second session of the UEFA Football Law Programme aims to provide you with solid knowledge about the specific content of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, which govern vital aspects of the international football market and are considered essential in the field of football law. This second session of the UEFA Football Law Programme will present you with different aspects of the status and registration of players, the importance of contractual stability between professionals and clubs, the international transfer of minors, the legal regime governing third-party ownership of the players (TPO), training compensation, the solidarity mechanism and the relevant FIFA bodies.
- FIFA transfer regulations: history and overview
- Players’ status and player registration
- Contractual stability
- Federative rights and third-party influence
- International transfers of minors
- Training compensation and solidarity mechanisms
- Release of players to national associations
- International v national regulations
Session 3: Other football rules and regulations
The main objective of the third session is to provide you with solid knowledge about the various other matters that football lawyers are dealing with on a daily basis. This session of the UEFA FLP will introduce you with a range of very different aspects such as the different disciplinary procedures in football, UEFA Financial Fair Play, doping regulations, regulations on Intermediaries, legal framework on match-fixing, TV rights and IP rights, sponsorship contracts and human rights within football.
- Disciplinary procedures in football (FIFA and UEFA models)
- UEFA’s financial fair play system
- The fight against doping: the role of WADA
- FIFA and confederations’ anti-doping rules and procedures
- Match-fixing: rules and regulations
- FIFA intermediaries
- Match organization rules
- Players' eligibility rules and nationality issues
- TV and IP rights
- Event and sponsorship contracts
Session 4: CAS system, procedures and jurisprudence
The main objective of the fourth session is to provide you with a solid overview of CAS’s role in football. This session will introduce you to a range of very different aspects relating to CAS: its role, the different proceedings which can be conducted before it (ordinary, appeal and mediation), CAS appeals before the Swiss Federal Tribunal and an intensive review of the major CAS football cases.
- The role and functions of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
- The ordinary procedure
- The appeal procedure
- Landmark cases in football (CAS competence, financial fair play, contractual stability, training compensation, solidarity mechanisms, doping, disciplinary, match-fixing and transfers of minors).
UEFA HQ, Nyon, Switzerland
The graduations ceremony of the UEFA Football Law Programme will take place at UEFA Headquarters during the last session of the programme.
- Deeper knowledge of football law
- Better understanding of the latest jurisprudence
- Experience presenting in front of the CAS
- Strong network of legal specialists in football
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Legal specialists or senior executives working on legal issues in national associations, clubs, players’ unions, leagues and law firms
Every second year. Fourth intake in autumn 2021
Istanbul (Turkey), Rijeka (Croatia), Venice (Italy) and Nyon (Switzerland)
€7,900 (covered by UEFA for representatives of UEFA member associations)
Number of participants
Certificate of Advance Studies (CAS), 10 ECTS credits
Applications open in autumn 2020
The UEFA FLP is an incredible programme for anyone who wants to learn and deepen their knowledge of football law. It has the best speakers, who offer practical perspectives on the subjects but are also connected to to universities and contribute in-depth academic content. Not forgetting the endless opportunities for networking. It has been an amazing experience which benefited my daily work at the Portuguese Football Federation. I highly recommend it!
The UEFA FLP is an excellent programme in international football law which creates the opportunity to attain knowledge and receive advice and recommendations from experts and top practitioners in their respective fields. As such, this programme allows you to learn from the best. An additional benefit of the UEFA FLP was that it helped me to expand the international network I already had.
European Club Association (ECA)
Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels (FIFPro)
Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey
Law Faculty at the University of Rijeka, Croatia
Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy