World Footballing Bodies Unite In Signing Autonomous Agreement

By iSportconnect | April 20, 2012

The ECA and other senior representatives from FIFPro UEFA, salve EPFL have all signed the Autonomous Agreement which includes the minimum requirements for standard player contracts in professional football, it has been revealed.

The Professional Football Contract Minimum Requirements are a list of contractual clauses which should be included in every professional football player contract across Europe. It aims at creating a standardised employment contract throughout the European Union/UEFA Member Associations and includes provisions, such as the form of the contract; the obligations of both clubs and players which should be listed in the contract; the inclusion of an Image Right clause in the contract; the inclusion of a disciplinary procedure in the contract; a clause on dispute resolution; the inclusion of a clause dealing with the final provisions of a contract such as applicable law, jurisdiction, authoritative language, etc.

ECA Chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said:

“I am really delighted that an agreement was reached, as its outcome can only be beneficial to European football. The introduction of minimum requirements for standard player contracts is a necessary and indispensable measure for the development and well-being of our game. The minimum requirements will increase the quality of professional contracts across Europe and will lead to increased trust between clubs and players.”

The EU Social Dialogue is a platform offered by the European Commission for representatives from both employees and employers of a specific industry to discuss and agree on social and labour conditions on a European Union level.