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FIFA look set to deregulate football agents

Wed 6th Oct 2010 | FIFA

FIFA looks set to axe its system for regulating football agents as around 70 per cent of international transfers are concluded without licensed agents.

It’s understood that the Football Association (FA) has told agents that "it's possible from October 2011 requirements for people becoming licensed agents will no longer apply".

FIFA insists that rather than deregulating the profession, it is seeking "broader control over individuals who represent players and or clubs".

Current players' agent regulations were brought in by FIFA in 2008 but over the last year a working group for the body has met a number of times to review how the system is working according to Sport Business. The working group will present its conclusions by the end of the year with new regulations set to be implemented after May 2011.

"A possible new approach could be to regulate the conduct of clubs and players, and extend the scope of the regulations to include all kinds of intermediaries," said FIFA in a statement. "In other words, the regulations would stop attempting to regulate access to the activity, and instead control the activity itself.

"This would mean that players and clubs could choose any parties as intermediaries, be they legal entities, lawyers, relatives or spouses, but would have to meet certain criteria and respect certain principles. This approach would also result in the annulment of the current licensing system."




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