In 2018 $350m should have been paid in "Solidarity Payments" to clubs that develop young talent, but only $68m got through. Rafael Martins investigates what steps FIFA are taking to make sure the clubs that train young talent get their fair share of their future value.
Introduction In June 2009, FIFA started the process to alter their regulations and control over agents, which culminated with approval of the new Regulations on working with intermediaries which came into force on April 2015. When these regulations came out, it was viewed as a positive step, especially for clubs and federations, on what was … Continue reading Italy’s New Licensing System For Agents
“No one likes us; we don't care!” This is a famous chant that used to be sung by Millwall supporters as a response to near constant criticism, from the press and the football governing bodies. Notwithstanding, this chant could easily be sung by football agents over the last couple of decades. Since the profession started … Continue reading The Endless War Against Agents: A Cap on Commission?
If we asked people in the street what they thought of intermediaries I'm sure critics would label them money grabbers or blame them for the hyper-inflation of transfer prices. By contrast supporters might argue that intermediaries constitute an essential part of the football ecosystem. What neither would really discuss is whether FIFA should regulate this … Continue reading FIFA’s New Agents’ Regulations
The career of a football player is like an iceberg: people only see the tip, a small part, the final glory, and the whole process that takes place until then is usually ignored. A player's career begins when the athlete is 10-12 years old. During the time between that age and the signature of his … Continue reading Intermediaries & Minors