Maybe I was wrong, and FIFA was right ? …….. well sort of.

Maybe I was wrong, and FIFA was right …….. well sort of.

I now believe that FIFA may have been right with the thought process (if not the changes) they implemented in April 2015 regarding ‘Football Agents’ (Intermediaries), although the implementation and application of the regulatory changes were arguably ‘half-baked’ and ineffective.

How should the 2109/20 English Football season content with the impact of COVID-19? ...... maybe start with a few sensible concessions?

How should the 2019/20 English Football season contend with the impact of COVID-19? ……… maybe start with a few sensible concessions??

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus pandemic on a global scale, the English football season (like many across Europe) was suspended in the middle of March (2020) for the safety of players, officials, supporters and others. Hence, at the time of writing this (05-05-20) the season is still suspended and there seems to be an inability for footballs stakeholders and key decision makers to release to the public any clear plans or conclusions and there’s an overwhelming reluctance for many of them to take control and offer any form of leadership.

Should the stigma and stereotypes that go with Football Agents ruin reputations and careers?

With Attention also paid to ‘Conflicts of Interest’, Working with Minors, Transparency, Compliance, Sanctions & importantly effective Regulations at National Level

Proposed FIFA Football Agent regulatory changes Focus on the ‘Rights & Duties’ of Clubs, Players and Agents

FIFA’s Proposals for changes to Football Agent Regulations expands on the ‘Rights & Duties’ of Clubs, Players & Agents

With Attention also paid to ‘Conflicts of Interest’, Working with Minors, Transparency, Compliance, Sanctions & importantly effective Regulations at National Level

FIFA's proposed changes to Football Agent Regulations and 3 step plan for the TMS

FIFA’s Proposals for Changes to Football Agent Regulations Appear to include a 3 Step Plan Featuring The TMS

Could the upgrading of FIFA’s TMS (Transfer Matching System) be an integral part of plans for a new football agent licensing system and regulations?

Reported proposals for new FIFA Football Agents License and regulation changes

Have FIFA Finally Realised their Error of ‘Abandoning’ the Football Agents License (and Regulations) in 2015?

What are the initial proposals from the ‘FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee’ for a regulatory framework for the regulation and licensing of Football Agents and Intermediaries?

Football has more than it's fair share of agent problems. What are the main issues and problems, and more importantly the possible solutions.

‘Conflicts of Interest’​ for Football Agents. Are they a big problem for Governance, the Industry and the Game as a Whole? (pt3)

Part 2 of the article looks at more of the problems and solutions that relate to football agents. This time looking at ‘Capping’ of Agent’s Fees, Transparency and the Protection of Minors.

Football has more than it's fair share of agent problems. What are the main issues and problems, and more importantly the possible solutions.

Looking further into Football’s Agent Issues and Problems – Including the Delicate Matters of ‘Transparency’​ and ‘Capping Agents’​ Fees’. (pt2)

Part 2 of the article looks at more of the problems and solutions that relate to football agents. This time looking at ‘Capping’ of Agent’s Fees, Transparency and the Protection of Minors.

Football has more than it's fair share of agent problems. What are the main issues and problems, and more importantly the possible solutions.

Football has more than it’s Fair Share of Agent Problems (pt1)

With yet more football agent regulation changes, planned I have taken a look at some of the long standing problems and solutions regarding football agents.

The ‘Black Sheep’ of ‘Football’s Family’ : Is It Little Surprise That The ‘Football Family’s Black Sheep’ Has Gone Rogue?

The ‘Black Sheep’ of ‘Football’s Family’ (pt 1)

  Is It Little Surprise That The ‘Football Family’s Black Sheep’ Has Gone Rogue? Many people see football as somewhat of a reflection of the wider world and those who live in it. So, with that in mind is it little surprise that when like the world in general . ** Please Note for the…

Reports of the Premier League Proposing Agent Regulation Changes - A Reason to Be Sceptical, Hopeful, Dismissive or Just Simply Unperturbed?

Premier League Proposed Changes to Football Agent Regulations (Sep’18) : A Reason to Be Sceptical, Hopeful, Dismissive or Just Simply Unperturbed?

  Over the past 24 hours I have been asked my opinion by quite a few people on the reports in the media of the proposed changes in agent regulations that will be discussed at a Premier League meeting today (Thursday 13th September 2018). This may be because of my involvement in the industry for…

Have the FA Allowed an Unsavoury Safeguarding Genie Out of The Bottle?

Part 1 : Have the FA ‘Allowed an Unsavoury Safeguarding Genie Out of The Bottle’?

Over recent years the English FA and football in general have quite rightly been placed firmly ‘under the spotlight’ with regards to safeguarding. Yet, whilst it has been reported that steps have been taken towards improving such matters; has enough been done, or is it a matter of just repairing mistakes of the past or…

Football it’s just a game, who gives a #### ? …….. because they don’t care

The title may seem pretty dramatic, if not emotionally incendiary to many football followers and it may also leave people asking who are ‘they’. And after many months (if not years) of frustration with football and many of its participants it has become clear that the vast majority of those involved in football look solely…

The ‘Smokescreen’ of Government Interference in Football

This subject of ‘Government Interference’ in football has been a prominent bugbear of mine for several years now; and as the members of the media, the FA and government persistently regurgitate the excuse that ‘Government Intervention’ is not permitted under FIFA regulations, this in many cases is little more than an excuse for not wanting…

Is The FA (Football Association) Fit for Purpose ? ……… it’s just not that simple.

 Firstly, let me point out that I originally wrote this article back in late 2016, and I think many would admit it was, in the words of Her Majesty, an ‘annus horribilis’ for the FA (not to mention FIFA) with allegations of corruption, child abuse, poor governance, match fixing and even culminating in the departure…

Will The Transfer Window Unexpectedly Slam Shut on Some, When it Comes to Loans

Transfer ‘Fever‘ Strikes as ‘Deadline Day‘ Approaches …. But Not Like Before So that time of the football calendar is almost upon us yet again …… approximately one week away ………. Jim White’s yellow tie, Sky reporters cold, stood outside club training grounds being ambushed by fans with inflatable bananas (if not worse), players interrogated…

Duality in Football (Dual Representation)

Dual Representation in Football (pt 1)

“‘Duality’ – A Benefit to Who Exactly ?”   As with most of the articles I write, I am going to put myself right in the ‘firing line’ yet again. Not just with those in the football community (e.g. managers, coaches, governance, club owners, chief executives and supporters) but also with my fellow agents/intermediaries and…

Evolution, Maturing and Growing up from Industry to Profession

Time to Grow Up ? (pt1) – Is it time for the Football Agent Industry to mature into a profession?

There comes a time in every industry, and for those involved in and affected by said industry to decide whether the industry is professional and whether those involved are recognised as professionals. It is not enough to label a profession based on the actions of a select few working in that industry however professional, conscientious,…

“Well he’s no Luis Suarez” : An Agents Duty of Care

Should who the player is, really affect the agents duty of care to the player ?   It is safe to say the world of football isn’t immune to stupid comments and also not being the most professional of industries at times. Whether it be a common faux pas made by players via social media,…

Football Agents Taking Money Out of ‘The Game’ ?

I am probably putting myself in the ‘firing line’ with this article, but as a football intermediary (agent) it is a phrase I hear time and time again, and is very much a favourite of the sports media columnists : “Taking Money Out of the Game” but : what exactly does it mean? and, who…

More than 10 years as an authorised Football Agent …… are there many regrets?

Whilst a part of me wishes I had never got involved in a largely godforsaken, poorly regulated and often corrupt industry; I have to be honest enough to say that if I could roll back the clock I would do it again, albeit take a very different approach, to address some of the regrets.