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5 Feb 2024

Senior Legal Counsel Disciplinary

🇺🇸 Miami, FL, USA
Full Time
5+ years exp.

We govern the beautiful game and ensure it's run with transparency and integrity.

Join our team in Miami and support us on our mission.


These are your key tasks:

  • Analyzing disputes, and effective dealing with legal cases and matters, analyzing disputes, namely disputes of any kind in relation to Sports law, e.g disciplinary proceedings, disputes between players and clubs, coaches and clubs or associations, club/club disputes in connection with the transfer of a player, solidarity contribution and training compensation disputes as well as eligibility and international duty of players for representative teams and statutory affairs connected with FIFA
  • Drafting motivated decisions rendered by the judicial bodies, i.e. Disciplinary Committee, Appeal Committee and Adjudicatory Chamber
  • Responsible to gather, organize and share the legal knowledge of the Legal division and the subdivision of the judicial bodies. It includes but not limited to the CAS monthly reports, updating the Knowledge Portal with CAS awards, SFT jurisprudence, academic articles, as well as preparing different reports on specific legal topics, CAS/SFT jurisprudence
  • To provide a number of services to the Legal division. For instance, subject to the decision of the head of the department or the director, they will be responsible to assess sensitive matters, draft Agendas for specific cases, prepare motivated decisions, revise/prepare answers to stakeholders, first legal analysis on appeals before CAS
  • Interpret any kind of legal documents, e.g. contracts related to players’ employment and transfers, FIFA regulation
  • Deal with legal issues of any kind providing a thorough and appropriate interpretation or legal opinion to requests coming from other departments in connection to legal matters
  • Edit and evaluate judgements / decisions/regulations/templates/FIFA presentations, etc.. This includes working and updating a dedicated platform with all the relevant information and the potential reports deriving from this activity
  • Prepare protocols and analysing processes in connection to legal proceedings, e.g. the decision making process for the Players’ Status Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber, Disciplinary Committee, Appeal Committee, FIFA Ethics Committees, etc., in accordance with the relevant regulations
  • Sets coordination plan for all administrative matters connected to the Disciplinary department, including but not limited to administrative handling of claims, organisation of meetings, logistics of events, communication with stakeholders
  • Coordinates with Administration hub any information received by the subdivision with regard to disciplinary adjudications
  • Coordinates with the Administration hub claims, requests or information potentially used for new or ongoing adjudicatory proceedingss
  • Revises and monitors the drafts of the communications submitted by the Administration hub to stakeholders
  • Coordinate the content of potential answers to be provided by Disciplinary department with regard to internal and/or external requests on any investigatory proceedings
  • .Give written and/or oral advice on the regulations as well as on general legal issues to players, clubs, member associations, agents, legal advisors
  • Respect deadlines and feedback provided by the Heads of Disciplinary


We work hard at FIFA.
We are dedicated, ambitious and innovative.

And we respect our values. Always.

For all roles, we seek talented people with an entrepreneurial spirit and a global mindset.

The specific competencies we require for this position are:

  • Law University degree (ideally with Bar Exam), preferably with further qualifications in Sports Law
  • Proven experience in legal services in an international environment of 5 years
  • Proven experience of 2- 4 years in similar positions, dealing with disciplinary, ethics and transfer regulations matters is an asset
  • Proven experience in litigations before courts or arbitral tribunals of 3-5 years is an asset
  • Proficiency in English, additionally fluent in Spanish or French
  • Excellent legal drafting and presentation skills in English and Spanish. drafting in French an asset
  • Good knowledge of football governance as well as of FIFA’s regulations, and experience in FIFA’s Disciplinary and Ethics proceedings
  • Ability to conduct analysis and draw out conclusions
  • Excellent editorial skills with good planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and precisely
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to respect deadlines
  • Good analytical skills, conscientiousness, and accuracy
  • Good communication skills, and proactive
  • Rigorous and consistent, particularly when handling large amounts of documents
  • Team player with good interpersonal relations
  • Autodidact, dynamic and proactive personality
  • Cooperativeness, and flexibility


The biggest benefit of a career at FIFA is the privilege to work for the beautiful game and create something that matters.

Alongside that privilege, we also offer some extra perks and benefits:

Health insurance: We offer generous medical, vision, and dental insurance coverage.

Continuous learning: We care about your development and encourage internal mobility, offering a variety of training and education to help achieve it.

Retirement: We offer generous 401(k) employer contributions.

Vacation: Maintain a healthy work/life balance with a generous vacation allowance.

About FIFA

We are FIFA, the global governing body for football.

Our vision is to make football truly global, diverse and inclusive, for the benefit of the entire world. The last FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 attracted more than 5 billion viewers and the last FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023 was the greatest-ever FIFA Women's World Cup that inspired millions of girls and women around the globe. The opportunities for growth are exciting.

We are a modern organisation with over 850 passionate employees who are Living Football every day. Our headquarters are based in Zurich, Switzerland, and we have offices in Miami and Paris, plus eleven regional offices from New Zealand to India, Congo, Panama and Paraguay.

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