SAFA Agent Registration
As a result of FIFA’s decision to introduce new Rules & Regulations relating to soccer agents in 2015, SAFA responded by introducing changes to its own Rules & Regulations to comply with FIFA’s. SAFA introduced and approved the Regulations on Working with Intermediaries on 2nd April 2016. The new Rules & Regulations focus specifically on transactions involving Intermediaries and players / clubs in South Africa. In relation to the registration of Intermediaries, the document states:
- “Intermediaries must be registered in the relevant registration system every time they are individually involved in a specific transaction.” (paragraph 4.1).
- Clubs and players who engage the services of an Intermediary are required to submit the Intermediary Declaration when doing business with or through an Intermediary;
- A professional player who engage the services of an Intermediary, must provide the following documents to the relevant member association when entering into an employment contract with a new club:
- the relevant Intermediary Declaration;
- Any other documentation required by the member association (the League if applicable) or SAFA such as certified proof of residence; certified copy of identification document;
- Representation contract between the Playerand Intermediary.
A player who has requested the services of an Intermediary to re-negotiate a contract with an existing club on his behalf must submit the above documents to the member association of his current club (paragraph 4.5)
A club requesting the services of an Intermediary to assist in including a transfer agreement between two clubs is required to submit the following documentation to the member association of the club following the conclusion of the relevant transaction:
- the Intermediary Declaration;
- Any other documentation required by the member association (the League if applicable or SAFA such as certified proof of residence; certified copy of identification document; and
- Written agreement between Club and Intermediary for services rendered (paragraph 4.6).
Under Section 5 of the SAFA Regulations, in terms of registering Intermediaries, the Regulations state that in addition to the information provided by the player or the club; SAFA, the member association, or the League will be entitled to conduct investigations to establish if an Intermediary has an impeccable reputation (paragraph 5.1.)
Where the Intermediary is a company, the member association responsible for registering the transaction shall satisfy itself that the individuals representing the company have an impeccable reputation (paragraph 5.2)
A member association must also be satisfied that the Intermediary does not have any contractual relationship with “leagues, associations, confederations, the League, SAFA, or FIFA that could lead to a potential conflict of interest” (paragraph 5.3.).
SAFA and/or the League and/or member associations shall have complied with their obligations in relation to registering soccer agents where they obtained the relevant Intermediary Declaration that has been signed (Intermediary Declaration Annexe A – Intermediary declaration Annexe B) (paragraph 5.4)
A copy of the representation contract entered into between the parties (Intermediary and/ or a club) must be submitted to the member association concerned when the registration of the Intermediary takes place (paragraph 5.5).
It is clear from the above procedure that there is no official training or examination that a person has to take to become a soccer agent in SA. However, SAFA states that:
“We encourage all intermediaries to familiarise themselves with the the FIFA and SAFA Statutes, Rules and Regulations in order to provide the best service possible to its players.”(SAFA Website)
Therefore, in order to provide a player and / club with an expert and professional service, and to avoid any potential pitfalls, it is recommended that Intermediaries study the relevant FIFA Rules & Regulations, National Association Rules & Regulations, and familiarise themselves with some of the relevant domestic laws that may apply.
Our 10-week online course shall teach you about the fundamental rules, regulations & laws that apply to soccer agents, and other important information that shall apply when working as an agent. If you wish to enrol on the course, or view the full course curriculum, you can do so by clicking here.
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