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Title: Children’s rights and the regulations on the transfer of young players in football
Authors: Yilmaz, Serhat
Esson, James
Darby, Paul
Drywood, Eleanor
Mason, Carolynne L.J.
Keywords: Children’s rights
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © The authors. Published by SAGE Publications
Citation: YILMAZ, S. ...et al., 2018. Children’s rights and the regulations on the transfer of young players in football. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, In Press.
Abstract: Children who interact with football’s recruitment and transfer processes encounter a complex web of regulations and practices. Debates over how to ensure that the interests and well-being of young football players are adequately protected, and that risks to their rights and welfare are identified and addressed, have become a topic of academic, political, and media concern. This commentary article provides an overview of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) regulations concerning the mobility and representation of minors in player recruitment processes, in particular the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) and the Regulations on Working with Intermediaries (RWI). We examine these regulations through the lens of the United Nations Children’s Rights Conventions (UNCRC). In so doing, the article demonstrates how football’s regulatory frameworks and commercial practices inadvertently yield consequences that operate against the best interests of children involved in the sport. To counteract this, it is proposed that all planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of regulations involving the recruitment and transfer of young people should be explicitly informed by globally accepted standards of children’s rights, such as the UNCRC. More specifically, it is argued that FIFA should adopt an approach that places the child at the centre of regulatory frameworks and characterises the child as a ‘rights holder’.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Review for the Sociology of Sport and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690218786665
Sponsor: The research informing this article was conducted as part of a UNICEF funded project on the protection of minors in professional football.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1012690218786665
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/33594
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690218786665
ISSN: 1461-7218
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