Athens, Greece, 2004 Carlos Arroyo pulls on his jersey as Puerto Rico seals the victory over the “Dream Team” United States Basketball team, a stunning upset considering Puerto Rico had not beaten Team USA Basketball before.“I thought Puerto Rico was part of the United States, why do they have their own team?” is a common … Continue reading Puerto Rico: Sovereign Olympic Colony?
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was introduced into the Laws of the Game in 2018, used in the World Cup and now in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Just over one year on from its official, controversial introduction, Lex Sportiva evaluates its success. Firstly, how does it work? VAR operates on a three-step … Continue reading VAR: Friend or foe?
Like many other markets, sports rely on a hierarchical structure of governance. It is the so-called “pyramid system”, a chain of command that dictates the rules and procedures within the sporting modality; the organisations on top determine how (almost) everything works, and, those below do what they’re told. To paint a clearer picture of the … Continue reading The “Pyramid System”
ANALYSIS OF THE REFORMS PRESENTED AT FIFA FOOTBALL LAW ANNUAL REVIEW 2018 In March 2017, a Task Force was set up under the auspices of the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee (FSC) to investigate the football transfer system and provide proposals and recommendations to the FIFA Council based on their findings. On 15 February 2019, the … Continue reading FIFA Regulatory Changes
It's been a long journey, but there's still a way to go... Traditionally sport has been dominated by men both in participation and in governance. Athletes often need to be strong, fast, competitive and combative and women are not encouraged to adopt these characteristics. The father of the Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, believed the inclusion … Continue reading Gender (In)Equality