Performance Analysis

Drugs and Sport – Why It’s Not Worth It

Whether it is a performance-enhancing drug or recreational drug, doping in sport is frowned upon and dealt with very seriously. One of my former tutors at King’s College, Jonathan Taylor, was one of the lawyers at the tribunal for Martina Hingis’ trial. She had tested positive for cocaine and the subsequent ban that resulted effectively […]


Match-Fixing Rears Its Ugly Head Again in Soccer

Less than three years after the 2006 Italian match-fixing scandal, UEFA has charged a Macedonian club with “manipulating the outcome of a UEFA match to gain undue advantage for themselves and a third party”. The charge dates back to a Champions League qualifying match in 2004 between alleged match-fixers FK Pobeda and FC Pyunik of […]

Soccer Sports Law

Blatter’s ‘6+5’ rule is not illegal…?

In November 2007 I wrote my first article for Sports Agent Blog (Blatter Seeks New Rules Regarding ‘Home-Grown’ Players). I shared my opinion on whether any ‘nationality restrictions’ in European soccer would be legal under European Union law. My conclusion was that such restrictions would most certainly be illegal. Fifteen months on, and it would […]

Contract Negotiation Soccer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

No, I’m talking about Christmas and the associated holidays. I’m talking about the European Soccer Transfer Window! From January 1st to January 31st, Soccer Agents and Managers work ferociously around the clock to complete deals which may see players sign that lucrative multi-year contract with a massive club or go searching the lower leagues for […]

Contract Negotiation Soccer Sports Business Sports Law

Player Contracts in Soccer – A Waste of time?

In recent years, there has been a progressive increase in the number of footballers failing to honor their contracts. In soccer, most players are signed to 3, 4 or 5 year contracts. The sad truth is that many supporters of soccer know that this is meaningless today. The evidence shows that a contract provides little […]

Recruiting Soccer Sports Business

CAA Gets Kickin In Soccer

In last week’s Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up on, Darren found an article that described the emergence of American soccer. The article talked how Los Angeles based Sports and Entertainment agency, CAA, recently announced a global partnership with Portuguese based agency, International Soccer Agency Gestifute.  CAA and Gestifute will combine to form a global community […]

Soccer Sports Agents

Preparing For The MLS Mid-Season

There are two times each year when soccer Agents undertake most of their business – during the Transfer Windows. Each country is permitted by FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, to promulgate two such periods and it is during these stipulated times that players can be bought and sold or loaned from one club to another. […]