EPFL Workshop concludes – International Transfer System is not in need for revolution

International Workshop on Players Transfer System

The EPFL organised with great success an International Workshop on Players’ Transfer System on 28 March 2012 in Machester. This high-level event was chaired by the EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros and gathered top experts from all over Europe and other continents to discuss the major challenges facing the International Transfer Market one decade after the entry into force of the FIFA Regulations governing the Players’ Status and Transfers and shortly after the European Commission’s announcement of its intention to carry out a comprehensive study on the matter.

The Workshop started with a deep analysis on the key facts and figures related with the Transfer Market’s facts and figures. The topic was approached from different perspectives, from the economical to the demographical, and counted with interventions by James Holroyd (FIFA Transfer Matching System), Philippe Kern (KEA European Affairs), Raffaele Poli (CIES Football Observatory) and Paul Rawnsley (Deloitte Sports Business Group).
International Workshop on Players Transfer System

The discussions continued with all major football stakeholders, including the Chairman of the EPFL Standing Committee on Football Players and Football Agents Holger Hieronymus, ECA General Secretary Michele Centenaro, FIFPro General Secretary Theo van Segellen, FIFA Senior Group Leader for Players’ Status Gaudenz Koprio and UEFA head of Sport Legal Services Jacques Bondallaz, in a round-table on “The FIFA Transfer Regulations; is there a real need for change?”.

Current realities and new challenges facing the International Transfer System were under the spotlight on the following round-table, which senior representatives of several organisations, such as the EPFL representative at the FIFA Sub-Committee on Transfers of Minors and President of Spanish League José Luis Astiazarán,  the sports law expert and Manchester United Director Maurice Watkins and FC Porto Legal Director Daniel Lorenz.

International Workshop on Players Transfer System

Concluding the Workshop, a very much heated debate on ‘Third Party Ownership: risk or opportunity?’ took place. Jane Purdon, Director of Governance English Premier League, and Daniel Cravo, lawyer of SC Internacional and Fluminense FC presented to the audience a complete outlook on the topic.

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