Football Regulations & Governance

Learn the regulatory framework that underpins football's operations and competitions. Gain insights into key governing bodies, club licensing, and integrity measures.

This course is part of multiple certification programs.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for all departments and aspiring leaders who are seeking to strenghten their knowledge in this area.


Learn to maximize management and operational efficiency.


Develop the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel in the sports industry.​

What will you learn

Gain a profound understanding of the intricate regulatory landscape that governs the world of football. This course offers a comprehensive exploration of the rules, guidelines, and governance structures that shape football’s operations and competitions. From FIFA and UEFA guidelines to club licensing systems and integrity measures, you will delve into the foundations of football governance, ensuring a solid grasp of the sport’s legal and operational frameworks.

FIFA & UEFA Guidelines

This topic provides a foundational understanding of the core regulatory bodies in football, FIFA and UEFA. You will learn about the history, functions, and key mandates of these organizations, setting the stage for a deeper exploration of football regulations and governance.

Club Licensing System

This topic delves into the club licensing system, a crucial aspect of football governance that sets standards and prerequisites for clubs to participate in national and international competitions. You will explore the various criteria, regulations, and processes involved in club licensing.

Football Arbitration Mechanisms

Learn the mechanisms for resolving disputes in football through specialized arbitration bodies. You will explore the role of these bodies, the procedures involved in dispute resolution, and the significance of arbitration in maintaining fair play and integrity.

Integrity & Fair Play

This topic focuses on the measures in place to ensure the integrity of football matches and competitions, including anti-match-fixing mechanisms. You will explore the importance of fair play, ethical conduct, and the prevention of match-fixing in football.

How it works

Fast-paced courses with a min of 2 weekly live lectures taught by top professionals and industry leaders, providing you with the tools, frameworks, and strategies for immediate impact.

Dynamic Lectures

Develop the essential skills and knowledge with fully engaging sessions.

Learn along with professionals

Engage and interact with like-minded professionals.

Put your learnings into practice

Complete the light assignments to earn your badge.

Meet your lecturers

nilo effori

Nilo Effori, an esteemed international sports lawyer, recognized by Who's Who Legal as a thought leader in sports from 2017-2023. Specializing in sports judicial bodies like the Court of Arbitration for Sports and FIFA Football Tribunal, he offers expertise on transfers and contracts for sports professionals. Effori is the founding Partner of Effori Sports Law, a firm specialised in dispute resolution in sports based in London, Lisbon and Doha. He's an Arbitrator at Sports Resolution UK and lectures at institutions like ISDE Barcelona.

A learning experience like no other

A dynamic world of continuous professional development along with like-minded professionals and elite-level lecturers.

Weekly Live LECTURES

2-4 dynamic lectures that generates actionable frameworks.


Complete courses to earn Professional Certificates.

WEEKLY Cohort Meetings

Engage with weekly reflection sessions built on shared insights.

A Global Network

Connect to a network, fostering new insights and engagement.

Balanced Learning Rhythm

6-7 weeks of lectures, then 1-2 weeks off for optimal balance.

Rich Learning Resources

Pre-session case studies and articles for deeper understanding

Interactive and Energizing

Dynamic sessions filled with interactivity.


Everything is recorded; complete anytime for busy schedules.

Learn with a network of like-minded people from clubs/associations like:

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Hear from our members

The testimonials highlight transformative experiences and underscore the various values of our courses, all with a strong commitment to growth and development.

Ceri Bowley

Global Head of Technical Leadership at Double Pass

“A good starting point for those curious about the role with clear pathways to progress for those who want to continue learning.”

Matt Johnson

Head of Recruitment at Portsmouth FC Women

“The network, skills and workflow insight gained on the Sporting Directors  Course has allowed me to obtain a role as a Head of Recruitment for a Women’s team at Portsmouth FC.”

Gabriel Glavan

Sporting Director at Dinamo Bucharest

“Great educational program. From the organisation to the speakers, everything is of great value. The learning spectrum is wide. I would recommend this to anyone in the football business.”

Robert Sabeh

Club Development Manager at UAE Pro League

“The courses bring together accomplished instructors that impart practical knowledge and real-life situations, and a cohort full of experienced practitioners. Well worth the fee.”


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