Amendments to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP)

On 26 April 2018, FIFA issued Circular Letter 1625, which introduced some of the most significant changes to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) seen in many years. The changes will come into effect from 1 June 2018. Our Tiran Gunawardena explains what these changes are and what they will mean for players and football clubs going forward.

GDPR: Getting Data Protection Right (Part 1 - Lawful Processing)

With just 3 months to go until the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, it’s critical that your organisation acts now to ready itself for the new rules. In a series of 5 blog posts, our data protection experts Paul Knight, Sarah Whyman and Ed Hadcock explain what you need to know and identify some practical steps to take to become GDPR ready. 

Reevaldo: fallout from the defamation saga

What happens when a footballer has a falling out with his club? Where does the dispute get heard - domestically or internationally? Does it matter if the player involved is a foreign/international player? What issues are involved? When would a player have grounds to terminate his contract, and what are the consequences for doing so? What would a new club need to consider when signing such a player? We consider all these issues and more in a new 2 part Reevaldo series. 

2017 Year in Review

We wish our readers a happy New Year, and best wishes for a prosperous 2018. 

For our first post of the new year, we wanted to take a quick look back at the highlights of 2017 - a busy and eventful year for the Mills & Reeve sports team.  

Legal fallout from managerial sackings

League Managers' Association (LMA) chief executive Richard Bevan has stated that the culture of sacking managers is "severely damaging" English football. A manager getting sacked is certainly a common sight for English football fans and for the sports industry in general. But is it worse in England that elsewhere in the world? And what are the legal consequences of a manager getting sacked? Our Americo Espallargas explains. 

Sports Facilities: impact of Financial Fair Play Regulations

In a series of 4 blog posts, Chris Pike of Mills & Reeve’s Real Estate team will explore what football clubs and other sporting organisations should consider in relation to maximising the commercial value of their facilities (e.g. their stadium). In this fourth and final post, Chris considers the impact of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations which seek to encourage football clubs to invest in facilities.

Sports Facilities - Factors in Development: Maximising usage and user experience

In a series of 4 blog posts, Chris Pike of Mills & Reeve’s Real Estate team will explore what football clubs and other sporting organisations should consider in relation to maximising the commercial value of their facilities (e.g. their stadium). In this second post, Chris considers the optimal utilization of stadium capacity in enhancing the fan experience.