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Volume: 15 Issue: 11
(November 2017)

opening closed system miami fc kingston stockade fc fifa 3 august 2017 two american lower tier soccer clubs miami

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Opening a closed system: Miami FC & Kingston Stockade FC v. FIFA

On 3 August 2017, two American lower tier soccer clubs, Miami FC and Kingston Stockade FC (collectively, ‘Claimants’), filed complaints against FIFA, CONCACAF and the US Soccer Federation (‘USSF’) with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’). The Claimants seek to force the USSF to move from a ‘closed league model’ to an ‘open league model’ that would introduce promotion and relegation to the US for the first time, as Paul J. Greene and Matthew D. Kaiser of Global Sports Advocates explain.

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