Frans de Weger at the FIFA Diploma in Football Law in Miami

Frans de Weger participated as speaker during the second module of the FIFA Diploma in Football Law in Miami. This program is created by FIFA together with the CIES – International Centre for Sports Studies. During the presentation, Frans discussed the history of FIFA’s transfer regulations (the FIFA RSTP), its former editions, and the most recent one, 'July 2022 edition'.


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Frans de Weger is officially appointed as Chairperson of the Dutch Association for Sport and Law

Frans de Weger is officially appointed as the new president of the Dutch Association for Sport and Law (VSR) during the annual meeting of the VSR. He succeeds Mark Boetekees (KNVB, Dutch FA), who has been president since 2011. The VSR has more than 300 members, celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer and aims to promote legal science and quality in sports and law, both nationally and internationally. VSR organises annual scientific lectures and conferences in the field of sport and law.…


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Nick Poggenklaas joins BMDW Advocaten

On 1 January 2022, Nick Poggenklaas joined BMDW Advocaten. Nick has been a lawyer for over five years now and comes over from a medium-sized law firm. Nick mainly dealt with sports law and labour law. Nick also successfully completed the post-academic course in employment law at the Grotius Academy. At BMDW Advocaten Nick will be dealing with labour law disputes in the sports world, but also with doping and disciplinary cases. Would you like to meet our new colleague? Or would you like to catch…


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Frans de Weger: New Chairman Dispute Resolution Chamber of the FIFA Football Tribunal

We are pleased to inform that the Bureau of the FIFA Council has appointed Frans de Weger as the new Chairman of the Dispute Resolution Chamber of the FIFA Football Tribunal. His appointment will start on 1 October and is for four years in accordance with FIFA Statutes.


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Arne Al has been admitted to the Dutch Bar

On 23 June 2021, our colleague Arne Al was admitted to the Dutch Bar by the Court in Haarlem. Arne will further specialise within Sports Law and will also focus on the litigation practice. We are very pleased to share this development with you and look forward to a continuation of our pleasant cooperation.


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Frans de Weger is listed by Who’s Who Legal 2020

It is with great pleasure and honor to announce that our partner Frans de Weger has been listed as one of the world’s leading sports lawyers by this year’s Who’s Who Legal (2020). Who’s Who Legal is one of the world’s leading directories of legal practitioners. It identifies the foremost legal practitioners in multiple areas of law. Only those lawyers who have met independent research criteria are recommended and listed.  


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FIFA and COVID-19: a legal analysis of FIFA’s guiding principles by Frans de Weger & Arne Al

In this article Frans de Weger and Arne Al will focus on the regulatory and legal issues for FIFA member associations deriving from the COVID-19 virus outbreak and provide an overview of FIFA’s amendments and temporary suspension of provisions of the FIFA RSTP, as detailed in FIFA Circular no. 1714. As FIFA has also declared the COVID-19 pandemic to be a force majeure event, the authors will also discuss the legal concept of force majeure in light of the relevant published case law of the…


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FIFA intermediary and transfer regulations reform

Last Wednesday the FIFA Stakeholders Committee accepted a number of proposals aimed at transforming the transfer market and establishing tighter regulatory control of football agents and the loan system. The proposals include the reintroduction of an agent licensing system, a continuous education scheme (so as to ensure agents are up to speed on all pertinent industry / legal developments related to their business activities), a FIFA-monitored dispute resolution system, and a clearing house,…


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FIFA’s new Disciplinary Code offers intermediaries tools to enforce their claims

In 2015 FIFA announced in Circular no. 1468 that ‘FIFA will not be competent to hear disputes involving intermediaries’. Recalling art. 64 FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) 2017:  “Anyone who fails to pay another person (such as a player or a club) or FIFA a sum of money in full or part, even though instructed to do so by a body, a committee or an instance of FIFA or a subsequent CAS appeal decision (financial decision), or anyone who fails to comply with another decision (non-financial) passed by a…


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Changes to the FIFA Disciplinary Code

After almost 15 years without any major changes to its Disciplinary Code, today on 15 July 2019 the new FIFA Disciplinary Code has come into force. Remarkable changes took place on several topics. Racism FIFA introduced four updates regarding the zero-tolerance principle on racism and any form of discrimination in article 13, namely. 1. The scope, definition and content of FIFA’s anti-racism and anti-discrimination vision have been fully aligned with the highest international standards. The…


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Mr Frans de Weger reappointed as member of the CAS

BMDW Advocaten is pleased to announce that our partner and attorney-at-law Mr Frans de Weger is reappointed as member of the CAS for a four-year period (2019 - 2022). Frans de Weger is placed by the ICAS on the CAS general list' as well as on the so-called 'CAS football list'.


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FIFA RSTP: CONSEQUENCES OF A ‘HARD’ BREXIT

By Frans de Weger & Thibault Dochy BMDW Advocaten Introduction Whilst the impact of Brexit on the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) 2018 Edition is not an issue at the top of the priority list of the UK and EU negotiators and policy makers, it is one which could have a significant impact on the world of football. It is still not clear as to what will be the final deal between the UK and the EU; however, as it edges closer towards 29 March 2019, the date for…


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