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The Transformation of the Governance of Football in Europe

abstract The decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the 1995 Bosmancase considerably changed the face of professional sports in the European Union. EU institutions, sports associations and other non-governmental actors have become increasingly involved in both the definition of a European policy on, as well as a growing body of EU law applied to, professional sports. Moreover, the emergence of EU sports law does not leave the domestic level unaffected. On the contrary, decision-making at EU level affects a range of areas impacting the broad structures and institutional set-up of domestic sports in European states as well as actors like associations and clubs. At the same time, in the area of professional football, the sport that is subject to most (well-known) European level cases and decisions, the existence of strong sectoral bodies such as FIFA and UEFA, with their global or at least pan-European reach, makes the regulatory landscape significantly more complex. From a comparative perspective, this project addresses the actual impact of EU policy-making and the regulatory activities of traditional sports associations on the domestic arena on both member- and non-member states. As a non-member state of the EU and despite its small size, Switzerland is home to both FIFA and the International Court of Arbitration for Sports. The Swiss case study contributes to the project by providing information on how an EU outsider is affected by European developments.
   
keywords Governance of Football, FIFA, UEFA
   
partner Borja Garcia, Wyn Grant, Arne Niemann
Dirk Lehmkuhl, Olivier Siegrist
type other project type
status ongoing
start of project 2010
end of project 2011
additional informations
topics Governance of Football in Europe
methods Research
contact Cornelia Kappeler