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The Beautiful Game: The Law of Soccer / Football


This is a guide to materials on legal issues related to soccer/football. 

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It was created by Jennifer Allison, Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law and fan of the beautiful game. Comments are welcome.


FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association. It is the governing body for world football/soccer, and it is the organizer of the World Cup championship soccer tournaments for men's and women's national teams. Its headquarters are located in Zürich, Switzerland.

Court of Arbitration for Sport

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), located in Lausanne, Switzerland, hears and resolves cases involving sports-related disputes, including football/soccer disputes. It is independent from any sports-governing agency or organization. The types of disputes it resolves include commercial (such as player contracts) and disciplinary (such as doping).

To research CAS dispute decisions, use its Jurisprudence online database. 

The Harvard Library also has several CAS-related titles in its collection.

Player Unions

Other Organizations

Arabic Books

English Books

French Books

German Books

Italian Books

Portuguese Books

Spanish Books

Turkish Books

Online Publications, Including Blogs

Additional Research Guides