Players' Agents

Roberto Branco Martins, ANDREA CATTANEO

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The chapter focuses on the regulation of players’ agents in professional football given that the sector has the highest incidence of agent activity and that developments in football drives change in other sports. It begins with a brief overview of the role and services agents offer, and discusses why agents play such a prominent role in sport. It then provides a brief international comparison on the regulation of agents, before focusing on the role of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in regulating agent activity. The chapter highlights how the services of agents are essential to the industry, but also how the regulation of their activity has become necessary. Starting from 1998, FIFA has attempted to employ a range of regulatory models in the area, with limited success. The chapter identifies these models and the criticism that led to the recent development with the reform planned by FIFA.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on International Sports Law
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Pages553 - 570
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781839108617
ISBN (Print)9781839108600
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2022

Research Centres

  • Centre for Sports Law Research


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