“I am aspiring to accomplish and become the first football lawyer in Liberia, acquire vast knowledge in football litigations, the formulation of statutes, rules and regulations as well as concluding contracts and transfer regulations,” These were the words of Liberia’s first candidate to the Diploma In Football Law ( DIFL 2020).In a statement posted on the official social media[Facebook] platform of the Liberia FA.
Benedict Yarsiah of Liberia is the Legal and Competitions Director and one of 26 persons selected to start the new program, which will be held on five continents over a period of 13 months. The curriculum will include insights into football governance and regulations, Fifa regulations on the status and transfer of players, commercial laws, Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) proceedings and other aspects of football law. “I am happy to have been selected after a rigorous vetting process. I am one of six Africans with Caf being the largest member of Fifa. I feel so good because it will give me the opportunity to work with any international sporting federations around the world.
He will leave Liberia for Miami, Florida, the United States of America on 15 February to start the first in a series of a weeklong FIFA Diploma In Football law (DIFL). The FIFA Diploma in Football Law cost a whopping amount of USD 10,000.00USD and will feature insight from a host of renowned experts, leaders, arbitrators and sports lawyers. The program has been specially created by FIFA in collaboration with the CIES. It offers a practical, personalized learning approach, backed-up by theory, research and practical sessions. Participants will come away with a well-rounded knowledge of football law, equipping them to meet the various needs of today’s professional football structure, whether within an organization or in private practice.
This is part of an on-going effort to share knowledge with sports law professionals around the world, by FIFA.
The FIFA DiplomanIn Football Law ( DIFL) , from our research, is designed for sports executives, either working in the legal department of a FIFA Member Association, holding a legal position in a players’ union, club or league, or working as a sports lawyer in the football field. This program is in continuation of Fifa’s capacity building, including the football executive program (FEP) conducted by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES). The selection process for the first edition of Fifa’s DIFL concluded after more than 190 applications were received from 84 members across the six confederations.
It will begin at Concacaf’s headquarters in early 2020, followed by a unique journey taking in the headquarters of the AFC, CONMEBOL, and CAF and ending at the Home of FIFA in Zurich in 2021. These locations have been specifically selected in order to reflect and cover the international dimension of this unique football law program around the world.
The development of regulations and legal decisions in football has become extraordinarily relevant to the work of professionals at national associations, leagues, clubs and players’ unions. FIFA sees it as its responsibility to promote education and share knowledge and has set itself the objective of ensuring that football’s legal stakeholders can get to know the most relevant aspects of the field first-hand.
The FIFA Diploma in Football Law will feature insight from a host of renowned experts, leaders, arbitrators and sports lawyers. The program has been specially created by FIFA in collaboration with the CIES. It offers a practical, personalized learning approach, backed-up by theory, research and practical sessions. Participants will come away with a well-rounded knowledge of football law, equipping them to meet the various needs of today’s professional football structure, whether within an organization or in private practice.
Yarsiah, a 2018 graduate of the Louise Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, is eyeing a piece of history after the course. He returns to Monrovia on 23 February ahead of another weeklong study tour to Malaysia in May.
Story by Peterking Quaye,|Photo credit: LFA