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A Review of the Nigerian Football Association Act 2004: The Need for an Update

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Introduction

Football, also called association football or soccer, is a game in which two teams of 11 players, using any part of their bodies except their hands and arms, try to maneouver the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Only the goalkeeper is permitted to handle the ball and may do so only within the penalty area surrounding the goal. The team that scores more goals wins.  The Nigeria Football Act came into force on the 12 may 1992. After over three decades of application in Nigeria, the NFA Act 1992 has become obsolete thus necessitating the urgent need for its repeal and the enactment of a new legislation that will reflect current changes in football law in line with international best practices. The current NFA Act is replete with instance of government interference; does not provide for a national dispute resolution chamber and does not promote the commercialisation.  This paper therefore, reviews the NFA Act 1999, highlighting areas of inadequacies and making a case for its repeal and the enactment of a new law on football in Nigeria in line with international best practices.

Authors: Clementina Chika Okeke