2nd Edition - 2022

FIFA Executive Programme in Sports Arbitration


The second edition of the FIFA Executive Programme in Sports Arbitration was held in 2022 between 3 February and 10 April. The three modules, all of which were held exclusively in English, combined online and on-site sessions, with the graduation ceremony took place in Zurich (Switzerland) at the FIFA HQ.

Module 1. 3-6 February 2022 (Paris)

An introduction to the CAS and its proceedings

• CAS: its history and structure. • ICAS (International Council of Arbitration for Sports). • The CAS Code of Sports-related Arbitration. • CAS proceedings: - The ordinary arbitration procedure. - The appeal arbitration procedure. - The CAS Anti-Doping Division procedure. • Ad-hoc divisions. • Other arbitration models in sport: The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal, the North American professional leagues system, etc. • Practical exercise: statement of appeal.

Module 2. 3-6 March 2022 (Online)

Fundamental Aspects of CAS Proceedings

• Initiation of the procedure: seat, language, time limits, formation of the panel, appointing arbitrators. • Costs of the arbitration proceedings: amount, advance of costs payment, share of costs. • Procedure: written submissions, bifurcation, jurisdiction, applicable provisional and conservatory measures, additional submissions, hearing, expedited proceedings, applicable law to the merits. • Types of Evidence: exhibits, witnesses, expert evidence, request for evidentiary measures, evidentiary measures requested by the panel. • Proof: burden of proof and standard of proof. • Hearing from the arbitrator’s perspective: opening statements, witnesses' and experts’ testimonies, and closing statements. • The award: Potential remedies before the Swiss Federal Tribunal. • Practical exercise: appeal brief and answer to the appeal.

Module 3. 7-10 April 2022 (Zurich)

CAS Leading Cases in Sport

• CAS landmark decisions in football. • CAS landmark decisions in disciplinary and ethics. • CAS landmark decisions in anti-doping. • CAS landmark decisions at the Olympic Games. • Other CAS landmark decisions. • Practical exercise: moot court case.