Court injunction restrains Liberia FA elections – Lessons to be learnt

A civil law court in Liberia issued an injunction that stalled the run-off election of the Liberia Football Association (LFA). With none of the three candidates getting the required 50% + 1 vote, a run-off was announced between the candidates with the two highest votes. The third candidate, George Solo then obtained a court injunction on the ground that one of the presidential candidates (Mustapha Raji) did not possess a college degree – an eligibility[…]

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The law does not recognize State FA as a Legal Person (Case Review: Osiwa Igbuya v. Delta State Football Association)

The State Football Association (State FA) is a common feature in the football administration system in Nigeria. They are basically sub-units of the Nigeria Football Association (nowadays referred to as “Nigeria Football Federation”), present in each of the 36 States of the country as well as the Federal Capital Territory. Article 10(1)(a) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Statutes 2010 recognizes each State FA as a member of the NFF In the case under review, the[…]

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The FIFA ‘No-Court’ Rule Explained

The FIFA Statutes prohibit members from taking disputes to regular courts of law, except where it is specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations (article 68(2)). Such exceptions include employment-related disputes as contained in the FIFA Regulations on Status and Transfer of Players. Similarly, the NFF Statutes also include this ‘no-court’ rule in article 69(1). It is important to understand that this rule does not deny a party with a complaint from seeking justice before[…]

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Anti-Gay Law Threatens Morocco World Cup Bid

A review of Morocco’s 2026 FIFATM World Cup bid documents carried out by Associated Press indicates that the bid did not adequately disclose or address the now fundamental human rights issue of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Simply put, amendments to FIFA Statutes (since 2013) now include sexual orientation as one of the grounds upon which discrimination is “strictly prohibited”. In Morocco (like Nigeria) homosexuality is a criminal offence and pro-LGBT activists argue[…]

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The NPFL minimum wage rule explained

It is common knowledge that there is a fixed minimum wage for players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). This article explains the relevant provisions and details such as the players entitled to the minimum wage. The Framework and Rules of the NPFL as well as the Club Licensing Regulations contain the provisions governing the minimum wage. How much is the minimum wage? Currently, the NPFL Rules states that the minimum wage for any[…]

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Who is a professional footballer?

It may sound simple enough, but how exactly can we distinguish a professional player from a semi-professional or an amateur player? The Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) enacted by FIFA contain global and binding rules governing the status, eligibility and transfer of players in organized football. Types of players Even though it is common for some players to be referred to as semi-professional players, under the RSTP, there are basically only[…]

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Five points to note when negotiating a professional player contract in the NPFL

The mid-season transfer window of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is upon us and a number of players are sure to be on the move. So, whether you are a player about to join a football club or an intermediary/agent about to seal a deal, these are key points to consider before a player steps out to the field in a club’s colours for an official match. This article does not cover every single[…]

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Collective Bargaining Agreement for the NPFL?

In a recent press release, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) revealed that it had sought the intervention of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in order to pressure the League Management Company (LMC) into signing a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) proposed by NANPF. The LMC is the company that administers the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) – the top flight football league in the country. Being a players’ union, NANPF assumes the[…]

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NANF demands $10b for EPL “Invasion”

It hit the news recently that the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF), complained about the “invasion“ of Nigeria by foreign football leagues, particularly the English Premier League (EPL). NANF did not stop there as they are reported to have contracted Johnson & Steler Solicitors in London to initiate a process “to recover $10billion as outstanding royalties from 2008 to 2018 for the adverse effect of the invasion of the EPL and football betting using[…]

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