How to apply for a Player’s Agent License
STEP 1: COMPLETE AND RETURN ENCLOSED APPLICATION
STEP 2: YOU MUST SUBMIT TO A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
STEP 3: SAFA WILL PROVIDE APPLICANTS WITH PERTINENT RULES AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO PLAYERS’ AGENT LICENSING
Prior to any scheduled personal interview (See Step 4 below), SAFA will forward to applicants a package of additional materials with which all applicants must become familiar, including certain FIFA, CAF, and SAFA rules, statutes and regulations.
STEP 4: YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN A PERSONAL INTERVIEW
Applicants will be required to attend a personal interview. At the top of your Application Form, you may list your preferences as to dates and times which will be convenient for you to meet at the SAFA Head Office in Johannesburg. SAFA will use its best efforts to accommodate you. Upon receipt of the Application and appropriate Background Investigation Fee, SAFA will notify you in writing of the date and time of your personal interview.
At such interview, please be prepared to respond to questions concerning your Application, as well as questions relating to the various rules and regulations which will be provided to you, as noted in Step 3 above.
Please note that the Applicant is responsible for the payment of all his/her expenses in connection with attending the personal interview, including, but not limited to, airfare, ground transportation, hotel, meals or other incidentals. For your information, the interview will take approximately one hour per Applicant.
STEP 5: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
Once you have satisfied Steps 1 – 4 above:
(a) SAFA will have a background investigation conducted by an independent investigation firm (the “Background Investigation”);
(b) By submitting an application to SAFA, applicants consent to the Background Investigation and use of all information obtained in connection with the licensing process;
(c) For your information, the Background Investigation must be completed by the investigator and a report issued before SAFA can recommend any applicant to FIFA for licensing.
STEP 6: YOU MUST DEPOSIT APPROPRIATE BANK GUARANTEE(S) BEFORE A LICENSE IS GRANTED
FIFA Players’ Agent Licenses: Upon the successful completion of the Personal Interview and Background Investigation, and upon the determination by SAFA that an applicant should be granted a Players’ Agent License:
(a) SAFA will notify the applicant in writing that it has turned over the Applicant’s file to FIFA with the recommendation that FIFA issue a Players’ Agent License directly to the applicant;
(b) Please note that before FIFA will issue a Players’ Agent License, the applicant is required by FIFA to deposit a bank guarantee (issued by a Swiss Bank) in the guaranteed sum of CHF200,000 (Swiss Francs) (The “FIFA Bank Guarantee”). See Art. 9, Para 1, FIFA Regulations Governing Players’ Agents. Upon notice by SAFA that it will be turning your file over to FIFA for licensing, you are solely responsible for the obligations under Art. 9, Para 1, FIFA Regulations Governing Players’ Agents. We recommend that you consult any South African business newspaper or journal or with your local bank or currency exchange for applicable exchange rates at the time you wish to deposit the guarantee.
(c) Additional materials relating to the requirement of a FIFA Bank Guarantee will be provided in the package of study materials referred to in Step 3 above.
STEP 7: YOU HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS TO APPEAL
(a) Application Inadmissable: If an application for a license is turned down by SAFA prior to the conducting of the personal interview, the applicant may apply to the FIFA Players’ Status Committee, which will then make the final decision. See Art. 5, Para 3, FIFA Regulations Governing Players’ Agents.
(b) Rejection After Personal Interview: If after the Personal Interview, SAFA considers that the applicant has not met the conditions of Art. 6, Para 1, FIFA Regulations Governing Players’ Agents, the applicant may request a second interview. If not successful after the second interview, the applicant may not reapply until a period of one year has elapsed. If, after the period of one year has elapsed, the applicant files a new application and the interview also has a negative result, the applicant may request to be interviewed by the FIFA Players’ Status Committee. See Art. 7, Paras 1 – 4, FIFA Regulations Governing Players’ Agents.