An upcoming academic event will be taking place at our Wembley Campus, as part of the partnership between UCFB/GIS and the European Football Agents Association, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam.

We are delighted to be hosting the event, ‘An industry on fire? The search for effective agent regulation in the international transfer business.

The academic event will take place on Wednesday, November 8 at Wembley Stadium.

Over the past months, we have seen the largest movement of court cases and legal actions carried out for a singular cause in football’s history. The cause? Stopping the advance of football agent regulations. 

FIFA’s decision to re-regulate football agents under the FIFA Football Agent Regulations (FFAR) has fostered critical and multifaceted conversation in recent years.

One common thread that underscores all discussions and opinions on the FFAR is the question of means within the regulations: Are the FFAR the least restrictive and most proportionate rules we can envision in regulating agents, or are there other – perhaps more creative and inclusive – forms to regulation? Is there an alternative to FIFA in creating and enforcing such rules? 


With "An industry on fire?” we dive into these issues with an academic, objective discussion that brings together stakeholders from across football to analyze the present moment of agent regulation and to assess what other methods of regulating exist, or could one day be. 

This follows our partnership’s last event, ‘Controlling the Game,’ held in March, also at our Wembley Campus.

Adrian Bevington, managing director at PROProfil UK said: “It’s a great mixture of students, industry experts from different sectors within the game, whether it be agents, commercial people, lawyers.

“It’s a really good mix of people who are here to understand the differences that are continually evolving in the game.

“It’s quite a big moment, this moment in time, with new regulations set in play.”

CEO of LawInSport Sean Cottrell added: “The European Association of Football Agents have consistently been doing a lot of great work in terms of educating people about issues agents are facing.”

Nick de Marco KC, barrister at Blackstone Chambers, said: “Just talking to people is one way to find out. It’s such a small business, football. Everyone knows each other in football.

“Once you get to know people and the faces around, it really helps.”

More information on the event practicalities, including registration, is open from tomorrow. Please check EFAA’s LinkedIn page for further details.

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