In less than two weeks, hundreds of football professionals will meet once again, this time for the 2018 edition of Wyscout Forum. This year’s event, held at the beautiful Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on November 19-20, will provide two days of networking and transfer negotiations to clubs representatives, players’ agents and scouts from many countries.
Besides that, we are delighted to announce a first-class conference panel moderated by Stefano Malvestio, international sports lawyer now selected by the prestigious Who’s Who Legal. “The FIFA reform proposals on transfer and agents regulations: latest developments and discussion” roundtable will be an exclusive occasion to keep up with the upcoming Fifa procedures’ changes and will involve in the debate the main stakeholders on the market: FIFPro, the worldwide representative organization for 65,000 professional footballers, ECA, representing the interests of professional association football clubs in UEFA, and EFAA, the European Association of players agents. Here are the main topics of the roundtable, explained by panel moderator, Stefano Malvestio:
FIFA is implementing a significant reform of the transfer and intermediary system.
The key points have been endorsed by the Football Stakeholders Committee on 25 September 2018 and approved by the FIFA Council on 26 October 2018.
The following principles will be introduced with respect to transfers:
- Creation of a “clearing house” to process solidarity mechanism, training compensation, agents’ commissions and, potentially, transfer fees.
- Mandatory introduction of an electronic transfer system at a national level and a domestic electronic registration system.
- Limits to the number of loans per season and between each club.
- Prohibition of bridge transfers and sub-loans.
- Solidarity contributions to apply to domestic transfers involving an international player.
The FIFA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries will also be replaced. New regulations will be established for agents, with compensation and representation restrictions, payment of agents’ commissions through the clearinghouse, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and, finally, licensing and registration of agents through the Transfer Matching System.
The most delicate issues for agents, such as a potential fee cap and limits on dual representation are still under discussions, such as is their feasibility, legality, and compliance with EU law.
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My Monday Picture: a year ago. My Second Monday Picture is from last year’s WyScout Forum, 7 November 2017, at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London. Wyscout Forum is the world’s leading event dedicated to global transfers and players scouting. Otherwise said: it’s a Fantastic Event. Great organization, top locations, media coverage (here I am interviewed live at @skysport Italy), great networking and, why not, the occasion to meet friends from all around the world. I post this today because in only 2 weeks there will be more: WyScout Forum at the Johann Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam. There, I will moderate a legal panel on the future FIFA transfer and agents reforms, with speakers from the ECA, FIFPro and EFAA. Looking forward to the event, grateful for the past ones, and, once more, thanks @wyscout_official, @dalilalorefice & @matteo_campodonico for your continuous trust and sincere friendship! See you in Amsterdam! 🇳🇱
Then, let’s take a look at the schedule:
2.30 PM – 2:45 PM
“Wyscout Welcome”, Matteo Campodonico | Founder & CEO | Wyscout
2.45 PM – 3.30 PM
Roundtable: “The FIFA reform proposals on transfer and agents regulations: latest developments and discussion.”
Stefano Malvestio (International Consultant and Head of Arbitration | Bichara e Motta Advogados)
Roberto Branco Martins (General Counsel | EFAA)
Daan De Jong (Head of Sports Legal | ECA)
Alexandra Gómez Bruinewoud (Senior Legal Counsel | FIFPro)
3.30 PM – 3.45 PM
Scouting Panel (TBD)
Who are the speakers?
Stefano Malvestio, an experienced attorney in international sports law, is an international consultant and head of arbitration at Bichara e Motta Advogados, where he is co-responsible for the sports and entertainment law area.
Branco Martins is the co-founder and acts as General Counsel of the European Football Agents Association (EFAA), an international body representing the collective interests of players’ agents.
Daan De Jong is Head of Sports Legal at the European Club Association (ECA) in Nyon, Switzerland.
Alexandra Gómez Bruinewoud is Senior Legal Counsel at FIFPro in the Netherlands.
Visit forum.wyscout.com for more information about the 2018 edition at the Johan Cruijff ArenA and make sure to register now to request your attendance!