How Does RFFC Manage Players?

Ufa is the largest city of the Russian Federation. It lies on the bank of the Belaya (White) River near the village of Krasnitska and is also one of its biggest towns in terms of total area of land covered. During the time of the Mongol Khan, it was located here. The city has been an important trade and political center of the Russian Empire. During the Second World War, it was a key target of German shelling and was retaken by the Red Army.


Under the laws of FIFA, Ufa is not allowed to appoint its own representatives to the FIFA congresses; therefore all votes are collected by the respective associations of teams. Although ufa has some rights to participate in the election of teams as a free agent, but these rights are very limited. Besides, any representative of ufa who actually reaches the congress as a voting member is immediately expelled. As a neutral third party, ufa cannot decide its own fate and cannot participate in the election of teams.

Each football league has its own rules and those governing the Russian Federation of Football (RFFC) have listed down all the details on their website. The rules state that the players and the coaches of a team “have the right to freedom” but they “cannot bind the participant”. Thus, a coach can’t demand a player to play or train under him/her, and a player cannot become a free agent until he/she has accumulated four seasons of accrued points.

So far, we have established that a player cannot become a free agent until he/she has accumulated four seasons of accrued points. However, we have to add something new to the picture. It was mentioned above that a team can “sign” a player for a certain period of time only, and then he/she can become a free agent. But we also know that a player who becomes free during the contract period may not play for his/her current club for the rest of that contract period.

So, how does a player become a restricted or unrestricted free agent? A player becomes an unrestricted free agent when he joins another club for a certain minimum period of time only. If the player’s contract with his former team is terminated by the latter team during the course of his contract, then the player has no option left but to sign a new contract with his former team. In this case, his new team may ask him to play one or more games against other RFFC players, depending on the schedule. The RFFC management has the right to decide who the starting players will be and when they will be playing.

The last category of free agents is called “protected” free agents. They are allowed to sign contracts only if they meet the RFFC requirements (listed above). Protected free agents usually have a little more experience in the game and therefore they have more options open to them than novice RFFC players. This group usually consists of three things: former professionals (e.g. coaches or trainers) who have been offered jobs with the same league as their clients; foreign professionals (e.g.