The Liberia Football Association’s (LFA) Legal Affairs Manager, Benedict Yarsiah, is among 26 professionals who graduated on Wednesday, March 10, from FIFA’s first-ever Diploma in Football Law during a virtual ceremony.
The 26 professionals started their journey in Miami, America in February 2020 following their selection. They were selected to start the program after a review of 149 applications from 84 member associations across the six confederations.
The original plan was to host on-site classes on a rotational basis at the headquarters of the confederations but that did not go on as planned, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. The course was held in a virtual format over a period of 13 months.
The FIFA Diploma in Football Law is a new chapter in the long partnership between FIFA and the CIES – International Center for Sports Studies.
According to FIFA, President Gianni Infantino and the Director of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), Denis Oswald, joined the graduation ceremony from the Home of FIFA in Zurich and the CIES headquarters in Neuchâtel, respectively, and passed on their congratulations to all diploma holders.
Over the 13 months period, the 26 football executives from all around the world were provided with in-depth insight into subjects such as “An introduction to football law”, “FIFA Transfer Regulations I and II”, “Other aspects of football law” and “CAS proceedings”. The diploma also comprised keynote presentations by 48 top-level speakers with the final aim of giving all attendees a first-hand understanding of the ever-evolving dynamics of football’s regulatory and decision-making framework.
FIFA’s stats revealed that on average, the professionals were 41 years old and have 15 years of experience of legal practice behind them. They work in various positions as directors of legal affairs or legal counsel at national football associations, leagues, clubs and players’ unions all around the world. Thirty‑six percent of them were women.
The second edition of the Diploma in Football Law is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2022.