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Regulations On Working With Intermediaries

It occurs that in 2009, the 59th FIFA Congress decided to embark on an in-depth reform of the existing players’ agents system in order to address several shortfalls that had been identified with the licensing system established by the FIFA Players’ Agents Regulations. Some consultations and engagements within the FIFA structures were in embarked upon, to which end the 64th FIFA Congress adopted a resolution to replace the then existing Players’ Agents Regulations with the new regulation on Working with Intermediaries; the objective of which was:

“To maintain the integrity of the sport of football by promoting and safeguarding considerably high ethical standards in the relations between players, clubs and third parties; and thus live up to good governance and financial responsibility principles”.

The new regulations came into force on 1st April 2015. For the Botswana Football Association (BFA) to comply with the new regulations, it has to:

  • Conclude intermediary regulations;
  • Set minimum standards for the entry level to be an intermediary, including the fees;
  • Roll the whole initiative to the delegates during the Annual General Assembly (AGA);
  • Communicate the whole process through the media to the public for enrolment;

Given that the new regulations were passed way back in 2014, Botswana is clearly running behind in meeting this obligation, and has to recover the lost time in order to comply.  In recognition of this fact, the BFA wishes to extend an invitation to all stakeholders to attend a consultative workshop to draft regulations on Working with Intermediaries; notably the following:

  • The BPL Board of Governors
  • Four (4) representatives of the National First Division – South
  • Four (4) representatives of the National First Division – North
  • The Four (4) Block representatives
  • Two (2) representatives of the Footballers’ Union Botswana (FUB)
  • Registered local players’ agents.
  • Three (3) members of the BFA Secretariat
  • Two (2) members of the BPL Secretariat

The workshop will be held on Saturday 9th July 2016 at the Lekidi Football Centre Auditorium, starting from 08h30.  Accommodation will be provided at the Lekidi Football Centre Hostels for those who come from outside the radius of 50 meters from Gaborone.

The identified stakeholders are requested to complete the attached form by end of business on Monday 4th July 2016 to assist the BFA office to conclude the necessary logistics.  Accommodation will only be provided for those who confirmed their attendance within the deadline.

Those who need further clarity pertaining to the foregoing are at liberty to contact the BFA office for the attention of the Competition or Executive offices.

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Magang to attend Women in Football Leadership Programme

Since the approval of the FIFA reforms by the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in February 2016, FIFA has placed great emphasis on bringing more women into football’s decision-making bodies, as evidenced by the increased presence of women on the FIFA Council, FIFA
Standing Committees, FIFA Management Board, as well as in the wider FIFA administration.

The success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 has further raised the awareness of women’s football and its unique qualities, both on and off the pitch, including the positive impact the game has on girls and women around the world.

Following these successes of women’s national teams, the Botswana Football Association is delighted to inform the media and public that FIFA has invited National Executive Committee members Mrs Tsoseletso Magang to the second edition of the Women in Football Leadership Programme. This workshop reinforces Botswana’s as well as FIFA’s commitment to increase women’s participation in senior decision-making positions within football.

Mrs Magang’s participation in the programme will prove to be of great importance to advance women’s football in Botswana. She will be provided with the opportunity to grow as a leader in football in a multicultural and international environment.

Good progress has been made in women’s in recent times but the Football Association believes there is still a long way to go and more efforts are required. Mrs Tsoseletso Magang will be heading to Switzerland to attend the 2019 Women in Leadership program from 18th-22ndNovember 2019

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