FIFA’s new Agent Regulations, introduced as part of its 2020 – 2023 vision, have been the subject of significant controversy. Ellis Cumming summarises the key changes below.
The Regulations have been introduced to regulate better how licensed football agents operate across FIFA’s member associations, focusing mainly on the growing amounts spent on agent fees, preventing conflicts of interest between clubs and players and improving transparency. The key changes are as follows:
Agents from CAA Base, Wasserman, ARETE and Stellar have joined forces to oppose the new Regulations in the UK. As a result, the FA has delayed the implementation of the Regulations and will instead wait for the outcome of the legal challenge, which we expect will be published towards the end of November 2023. Similar challenges are ongoing in Germany.
If the legal challenge fails, the new Regulations could be in force in readiness for the January 2024 transfer window.
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