Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
When Agents and Soccer Collide
New York Times, October 27th, 2010 2:31AM



Rob Hughes reports that earlier this week the British Parliament debated about what is to be done about soccer. The members of Britain’s house of politics lamented some players' being paid upward of $1.6 million a month and castigated player agents as parasites. They regretted foreign ownership of England’s clubs. And they described soccer’s regulatory bodies as beyond redemption.

Meanwhile in Zurich at the FIFA headquarters the issue of agents was being discussed at the International Football Arena. FIFA’s head of players’ status and governance, Omar Ongaro, told the sports business conference that starting next season FIFA no longer intended to license agents. Regulation and responsibility for the agents would be shifted to the clubs and the national associations but that FIFA would place a cap on agents’ commissions, restricting their take of the multimillion-dollar transfer fee to 3 percent.

FIFA currently licenses 5,718 agents around the globe. “We think FIFA is fed up with the administration of the problem,” Rob Jansen, the president of the European Football Agents Association said. “What we think will happen is total chaos.”

“When there is a problem with people robbing banks, the solution is not to close the banks. But this is what is happening here. Our suggestion was not to stop licensing, but to make it stronger."

Read the original story...

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Youth soccer fights back against 49ers    
Northern California youth soccer advocates, including Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President Tino Silva, have launched ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives