Legal & Compliance


FIFA plays a fundamental role in society, and therefore adherence to good governance principles is fundamental to FIFA’s broader social mission. As world football’s governing body, FIFA is firmly committed to the principles of the rule of law, good governance and transparency. In this context, the FIFA Legal & Compliance Division plays a key role within the organisation.

The FIFA Legal & Compliance Division provides all kind of legal and compliance advice to the various FIFA divisions and to all internal bodies and committees, which, primarily, are governed by the FIFA Statutes and regulations. The FIFA Legal & Compliance Division is also responsible for the whole of FIFA’s legal portfolio in cases before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) or ordinary courts.

The division has various sub-divisions, which are then split up into different departments, covering the fundamental legal and compliance areas of FIFA.

The FIFA Legal & Compliance Division comprises around 150 staff members, 55 per cent of whom are women and 45 per cent are men, from 30 different countries. The division aims to contribute towards FIFA’s new vision to promote the game of football, protect its integrity and bring the game to all.

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Rules & Reports

This section contains these legal documents in the context of the activities of the FIFA Legal & Compliance Division, all downloadable in PDF format.

FIFA Legal Portal
FIFA Legal Portal

As part of its ongoing commitment to modernising football’s regulatory framework, FIFA launched a new FIFA Legal Portal, an online platform through which proceedings before the FIFA Football Tribunal and FIFA judicial bodies will be conducted.

Judicial bodies
Judicial bodies

We are determined to carry out that vision and maintain the reputation of the sport by anticipating, monitoring and enquiring into any conducts susceptible of affecting football in a negative light

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 25: FIFA Institutional Imagery at the Home of FIFA on May 25, 2021 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham - FIFA)
Football Tribunal

According to article 54 of the FIFA Statutes, the Football Tribunal shall pass decisions relating to football-related disputes and regulatory applications.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 10:  Maria Ferrer Ble of Valencia is consoled by Alana Burkhart of Young Boys during the Blue Stars FIFA Youth Cup 2018 Women's final match between Valencia Ladies and Young Boys Ladies at Sportanlage Buchler on May 10, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

We are there to support our team members and member associations everywhere in the world by listening to their concerns, advising on compliance issues and providing the tools that can help them respond to their challenges.

AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 12: During the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 match between Wydad Casablanca and Urawa Reds at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on December 12, 2017 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Tom Dulat - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

As stated in its Statutes, one of FIFA’s core objectives is to promote the integrity of football. As such, FIFA has adopted an effective approach towards the fight against all forms of manipulation and/or the unlawful influencing of football matches or...

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Football regulatory

In line with the FIFA Vision 2020-23, the Football Regulatory subdivision in its daily operations works towards the implementation of several strategic FIFA goals.

AGADIR, MOROCCO - DECEMBER 10:  FIFA medical officers test urine samples from the players of Al Ahly Sport Club during doping control on December 10, 2013 in Agadir, Morocco.  (Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA’s priority is to safeguard the physical health and mental integrity of players, uphold and preserve the ethics of sport and ensure that all competitors have an equal chance.

CAS Overview
Court of Arbitration for Sport

According to article 57 of the FIFA Statutes, FIFA recognises the independent Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland) to resolve disputes between FIFA, member associations, confederations, leagues, clubs, players...

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FIFA is committed to providing educational services on highly relevant matters related to football law and eager to share its vast experience in that ever-evolving and rapidly changing environment.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us any time.

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