Employment law and football: are you playing by the rules?

From fixed term contracts to win bonuses and break clauses, football has its own employment practices, but they are still subject to UK and European law.

Some clubs have extremely professional HR procedures and practices in place, while others leave a great deal to chance, relying for example on pro forma contracts that are unenforceable.

Of course, not all clubs have limitless resources. Sometimes they will leave contract documentation to a manager or friendly recruitment agent, but this can become a false economy.

Getting the right documentation in place need not be difficult or even expensive if you choose an employment lawyer who understands football and sport.

We can review your arrangements and put an employment manual in place for a reasonable fixed fee, make sure your contracts reflect what you have agreed and provide advice, as and when required.

This is particularly important for back-room football staff, where fixed term contracts, break clauses and performance-related bonuses tend to be the norm.

Verisona Law is a well-established in the field of football law across many areas, including employment, community ownership, commercial property and business turnaround.

If you would like to know more about what we could do for your club, please get in touch.


Here are the types of cases we handle:

  • Contracts of Employment
  • Employer Staff Handbooks
  • Redundancy Process
  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Restrictive Covenants
  • Tribunal Claims
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Consultancy Agreements

Sports and Football Law

  • Contracts of Employment
  • Service Agreements
  • Contractual Issues
  • Executive Departures

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