As of the 9th August 2017, the FA’s revised ‘Regulations on Working with Intermediaries’ were released to all FA Registered Intermediaries, with the important thing to note that these changes came into force with immediate effect (downloads links to referenced regulatory documents are detailed below).
Subsequently, SOFIA would advise that all FA Registered Intermediaries (agents) review these changes immediately, as they specify certain obligations affecting not only FA Registered Intermediaries (agents), but also other football participants and associated third parties including : players, agency employees, scouts and other intermediary associates. Being fully aware of these regulatory revisions with regards to any ongoing or future intermediary activity an intermediary may undertake will hopefully avoid future possible sanctions and detrimental effects on an Intermediaries business and professional reputation.
One of SOFIA’s legal advisers has looked at the most prevalent points of these regulatory changes and highlighted the two most significant changes to the regulations that FA Registered Intermediaries need to be aware of as follows :
Were these new Regulations (now framed as Regulation B12 and B13) in force from April 2015, we would have potentially seen countless charges being brought by the FA against Intermediaries and other football participants (including players).
It is hoped that these changes are an indication that the FA in light of criticism of football ‘agent’ (intermediary) regulations introduced following FIFA’s decision to replace more rigourous ‘agent licensing’ with the concept of ‘football intermediaries’ ; are a step in the direction of more effective regulation of football agent and intermediary activity.
SOFIA would like to stress that should an FA Registered Intermediary or related football ‘participant’ have any uncertainties, questions or queries about the FA’s ‘Regulations on Working with Intermediaries’, these should always be made directly to the FA’s Player Status Team on 0844 980 8213 or via Intermediaries.Queries@TheFa.com .
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