The Future of Financial Fair Play

First published on the excellent ‘The Secret Footballer’ website here Introduction Cost control and Financial Fair Play (FFP) has dominated the football financial headlines over the last few weeks. First came an announcement from the Football League and QPR that an arbitration panel will determine whether the Football League’s FFP regulations are legal and whether […]

UEFA and its Amended Home Grown Player Rule

In May, clubs including Manchester City (City) and PSG  entered into break-even settlement agreements with UEFA. These agreements among other sanctions, included fines, wage bill restraints and squad size reductions . This last sanction means that City, for example, could only register 21 players for their 2014-15 Champions League squad. As is set out below, 8 home-grown players (HGPs) are required […]

Financial Fair Play: UEFA to Sanction Clubs Shortly

As the merits and failings of Financial Fair Play (FFP) were being debated by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on Sky’s Monday Night Football, it struck me how mainstream the discussion about FFP has now become. This next week however, promises to be the most significant yet as UEFA will likely announce their decisions by […]

The Football Law Basics: Making Sense of Football Phrases

Introduction Each week seems to bring a new football controversy. If it isn’t the FA charging a player with improper conduct, the governing body is having to defend its disciplinary procedures in an arbitration. There are daily references to club administrations, insolvencies and the football creditors rule, football transfers, buy-out amounts and release clauses. It […]

My Top Ten Tips to Understand Third Party Investment in Football Players

With third party investment in football players (TPI) becoming a hot topic for discussion at present, I thought it would be useful to briefly set out my top ten tips to help understand the key concepts. 1. TPI in the football industry is where a football club does not own, or is not entitled to, […]

UEFA’s New Financial Fair Play Settlement Provisions

In the last weeks, UEFA published its updated 2014 Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) procedural rules. These rules have been amended with a number of significant additions. Of particular importance are Articles 15 and 16 regarding settlement which were not included in the original regulations. As a result, only months before the first break-even sanctioning […]

The Trouble with Loan Agreements: Conflicting UK and South American Perspectives

By Daniel Geey and Ariel Reck Introduction This article examines the tricky integrity of competition issues associated with loan players playing against their parent club. After discussion between both co-authors it became apparent that a variety of national associations have divergent approaches to the same issue. With Premier League (PL), Football League (FL) and Argentinean […]

My Top Ten Football Law Blogs of 2013

As we approach the end of 2013, I thought that I would share with you a selection of my 2013 blogs all in one convenient place. 1.  FFP: My Top Ten Tips for understanding UEFA Financial Fair Play here 2.  FFP: Malaga, its Overdue Debts & UEFA Financial Fair Play here 3.  TPI: UEFA’s Aim […]