Editorial :

Professionalisation and respect for the rules

A wind of reform has been blowing over FIFA in recent months. 

In turn, new rules of the game have emerged, starting with the controversial VAR (Video Referee Assistance) but also rules on hand faults, replacements, free kicks, penalties and the putting of the ball on a goal kick.

Will be submitted for approval at the next FIFA Council meeting scheduled for 24 October in Shanghai, a set of new rules aimed at better framing player movements with the stated objective of combating a market “dictated by the speculation, not solidarity.” This will involve capping agent fees, restoring the agent’s licence (deleted in 2015), increasing the compensation paid to training clubs and limiting the number of player loans per club.

FIFA therefore seeks to constantly adapt to the changing realities of professional football in order to guarantee the interest of all its players and the game.

With regard to the provision of players by clubs to national selections, the regulations (Annex 1 of the FIFA Regulation on the Status and Transfer of Players) have evolved over the past 20 years but the main principles have remained Identical:

– FIFA establishes a schedule of international match periods over a period of several years (currently the schedule is scheduled for the period 2018-2024) during which clubs have an obligation to make their players available to national teams,

-Outside of these periods, clubs are not obliged to release their players in favour of national selections.

– Federations that solicit club players must meet deadlines for summoning and returning to clubs after matches.

In order to fully understand the spirit of this regulation, let us go back to its genesis.

For many years, the all-powerful Federations appealed to the players whenever they wanted to, without really taking into account the clubs’ programs. Over the years, the clubs, employers of the players, have organized themselves to defend their interests vis-à-vis the Federations. And gradually, the rules 

above have been established and are applicable to all parties. In addition, FIFA is paid financial compensation to clubs that make players available to their national team for the final phase of the World Cup. Another breakthrough has emerged recently with FIFA’s takeover 

(and its insurance companies), salaries of injured players during National Teams A rallies for the duration of their unavailability.

It is therefore observed that, with time and the consultation of football’s stakeholders, a clear rebalancing has taken place between the interests of national teams, clubs and players. 

So everything is very clear and regulated on the subject.

The recent controversy over the absence of ASEC players 

Mimosas at the UFOA Tournament therefore has no reason to be in the sense that this tournament does not take place during a mandatory disposition period. This problem already arises with other clubs for the provision of players of our u23 national team that will play the final phase of the CAN “Egypt 2019” from 8 to 22 November next, this one being held outside a period of disposition obligatoi FIFA. 

The history of ASEC Mimosas and the national team of Côte d’Ivoire is not new and this relationship has allowed, without possible challenge, barring bad faith, to write the most beautiful pages of Ivorian football.  This alliance will continue in this way.

By Benoît YOU