Football and the Law

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Football is the biggest game in the world and the richest. This has contributed to the growth of legal issues and disputes in football and to an increasingly specialised legal services market in football. Since 2002, approximately half of all sports disputes before the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) have been in football.

Football and the Law provided the first comprehensive review of the law relating to all aspects of football in the world, including all the main regulatory and commercial aspects of the sport. With contributions from 67 of the leading experts in the field, it is a valuable resource to lawyers and others active in the football industry, as well as a vital source of material to students, legal practitioners and others who wish to learn more about the area. The work includes reference to the key legal principles, cases and regulatory materials relevant to football.

The key developments for the 2nd Edition include:

- Refiguration of European football/ ESL breakaway / new international structures
- Independent regulation of football

- Impact of Brexit Safeguarding – child abuse in football
- Growth of racism and regulatory responses
- FIFA banning 'bridge loans' (relevant to third party ownership)
- FIFA's new plans to regulates agents and cap fees
- Emergence of salary caps in football and legal challenges to them
- Various high profile Financial Fair Play cases Class action in football re head injuries
- Challenges to Owners and Directors test – calls for independent regulator
- New chapter covering developments in CAS cases

This title is included in Bloomsbury Professional's Sports Law online service.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview
2. Institutions
3. International Federations
4. European Law in relation to Football
5. Employment Law and Football
6. Contracts - Players
7. Contracts – Managers
8. Player Transfers
9. Immigration and GBE's
10. Academies and Youth Issues
11. Safeguarding
12. Third Party Investment
13. The Regulation of Intermediaries
14. Image Rights
15. Taxation
16. Sponsorship and Commercial Rights
17. Financial regulation and Financial Fair Play
18. Personal Injury
19. Broadcasting
20. Stadia, Hillsborough, Health & Safety and Policing
21. Ticketing
22. Ownership Issues and the Fit and Proper Person test
23. Privacy and Defamation
24. Discipline
25. Doping
26. Corruption
27. Players' Representation, the PFA and FIFPro
28. Mediation
29. Arbitration
30. International Disputes and the CAS
31. Leading CAS cases in football

Product details

Published 30 Sep 2022
Format Paperback
Edition 2nd
Extent 824
ISBN 9781526521811
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Dimensions 248 x 156 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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