FIFA Tribunal system for agent, transfer and employment disputes goes live
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FIFA Tribunal system for agent, transfer and employment disputes goes live
by Jonathan Rest

FIFA's new-look Football Tribunal, which consolidates the governing body's decision-making bodies into a single umbrella body, is officially operational.

It is anticipated that the Dispute Resolution Chamber will decide approximately 3,500 disputes per year, while the Players’ Status Chamber will rule on approximately 700 disputes and 6,000 regulatory applications on an annual basis.
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The FIFA Football Tribunal went live on October 1 and has been established to further facilitate the resolution of disputes and decisions on regulatory applications within the football regulatory framework.

 

It is composed of three specific chambers:

 

  • Dispute Resolution Chamber, which will decide employment-related disputes between players and clubs, as well as disputes related to training rewards;

  • Players’ Status Chamber, which will decide employment-related disputes between coaches and clubs or associations, transfer-related disputes between clubs, and regulatory applications related to the international transfer system and the eligibility of players to participate for representative teams; and

  • the Agents Chamber, which will decide disputes involving football agents, following the approval of the FIFA Football Agent Regulations.

 

The Football Tribunal is governed by specific procedural rules, which include the following new aspects:

 

  • Procedures are free of charge if at least one of the parties is a natural person (player, coach, football agent or match agent).

  • The deadline to pay procedural costs (if applicable) is now 10 days. Payment remains a requirement for the grounds of a decision to be notified. In such cases, notification will only be made to the party that requested the grounds and paid the procedural costs.

  • An expedited decision-making process for preliminary procedural matters has been introduced. Where the FIFA general secretariat deems that a chamber obviously lacks jurisdiction or a claim is obviously time-barred, it may refer the matter for a decision before continuing the procedure.

  • Parties may be invited to undertake a voluntary and free mediation process. If mediation is successful, the mediator and relevant chairperson will ratify a settlement agreement. This will be considered a final and binding decision.

 

FIFA said that it expects the Dispute Resolution Chamber to decide approximately 3,500 disputes per year, while the Players’ Status Chamber will rule on approximately 700 disputes and 6,000 regulatory applications on an annual basis.

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