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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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FIFA CONNECT workshop in Hukuntsi

Botswana Football Association Competition department today completed a two day FIFA CONNECT workshop in Hukuntsi run by Regions and competitions manager and FIFA connect Administrators Olebile Pilara .

FIFA connect is a Web based platform used to register soccer player, referees, coaches, teams,etc

It allows all our members to have full visibility on their football landscape, which will have a tremendous impact on their governance, but will also bring benefits on the footballing side.

Knowing your players better, where they are and who they are is vital for football development.

FIFA CONNECT is an excellent way for us to streamline our administrative and organisational processes, and is in line with the key pillar of our strategic plan to harness the power of IT to better administer the game.

This platform will further enhance our capabilities in organising competitions and also enable us to maintain an accurate, up to date database of every person and entity involved in Botswana Football.

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