Soccer Law

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Our Soccer Law Practice Group provides comprehensive services to organizations and individuals at all levels of the sport, from youth club soccer (U.S. Development Academy) to Major League Soccer, World Cup, and the Premier League, as well as other international clubs.

We represent clubs in a variety of complex matters affecting each aspect of their operation, including employment issues, financing and merger and acquisition matters, corporate governance, for-profit/non-profit issues, and the drafting and negotiation of wide-ranging agreements, including employment contracts, athletic facility development agreements, strategic partnership agreements, sponsorship agreements, equipment supplier contracts, leases, and operational and revenue sharing agreements.  In addition, we have represented professional soccer players in the negotiation of playing contracts and endorsement deals.



We provide strategic advice and technical assistance to owners, directors, members, senior management, and officials of clubs (professional and youth) in all areas of law affecting their operations, from initial organization through a variety of transactions and ongoing legal matters, including:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financings
  • Strategic Joint Ventures
  • Sponsorship Transactions
  • Intellectual Property and Licensing
  • Labor and Employment Law Issues
  • Compliance With Tax Planning Around State, U.S., and Foreign Corporate, Partnership, and Individual Tax Laws
  • Equity Owner Arrangements and Relationships
  • Retirement Benefit Plans
  • Independent Contractor/Employee Issues
  • Key Employee/Coach Retention Issues
  • Compensation in Connection with Player Transfers
  • Employment Agreements
  • Coaches Agreements
  • Non-Competition Agreements
  • Non-Solicitation Agreements
  • Club Name/Brand/Trademark Protection
  • Risk Management and Liability Insurance Issues
  • Corporate Governance/Board Structure
  • Charter/Articles of Organization
  • By-Laws
  • Board Committee Charters
  • Inter-Club Partnership/Alliance Agreements
  • International Affiliations and Strategic Partnership Agreements
  • Pro Club Affiliation Agreements
  • Field Development Agreements
  • Facility Leases
  • Field Leases
  • Social Media Legal Issues
  • Management Agreements
  • Directors and Officers Insurance Issues
  • Waivers and Releases
  • Equipment Supplier Contracts
  • Revenue Sharing Agreements
  • Financing Agreements
  • Letters of Intent
  • Disciplinary Issues with Governing Bodies
  • Compliance Issues
  • Fundraising Issues
  • Club Regulations
  • Coach HR Training
  • Workers Compensation Insurance Issues
  • Immigration Law Issues
  • For-Profit/Nonprofit Issues
  • Conversions from Nonprofit to For-Profit