Arbitration

Our arbitration service provides a final and binding resolution to all kinds of sports disputes where the parties need a decision to be made on a specific matter.  In choosing arbitration, the parties opt for a private dispute resolution procedure instead of going to court. The parties consent to arbitration via an arbitration or appeals clause incorporated into the regulations of a sport or contract or by entering into a matter specific arbitration agreement.

The service includes:

  • Appointment of a sport specific panel of independent arbitrator(s)
  • Guidance and assistance in setting up and organising arbitration in accordance with our Arbitration Rules and using our standard Arbitration Agreement
  • Case management assistance to keep the arbitration to time and budget  
  • Attendance at the hearing to support the parties and the tribunal and to make a digital audio recording of proceedings
  • Liaison with the parties and the tribunal over distribution of the arbitration award
  • Use of our purpose designed arbitration centre

Examples of sports disputes that we have resolved by arbitration include:

  • Appeals against disciplinary sanctions
  • Appeals against athlete selection decisions
  • Commercial and contractual issues
  • Discrimination claims
  • Funding appeals
  • Relegation and promotion issues
  • Player eligibility