About the Role
The main responsibilities of the Legal Director for the FIFA World Cup 2026 include:
Lead and manage the local legal team responsible for all legal matters pertaining to the FIFA World Cup 2026.
Oversee contract negotiations, drafting, and review of agreements with various stakeholders, including host cities, sponsors, broadcasters, and vendors.
Provide legal guidance and support to other departments within FIFA World Cup 2026 organization, including operations, marketing, finance, and human resources.
Manage and mitigate legal risks associated with the tournament, including potential disputes, intellectual property infringements, and regulatory compliance issues.
Collaborate with external legal counsel and consultants when necessary, ensuring effective coordination and communication.
Advise on matters related to labor law, employment contracts, and player transfers, working closely with FIFA and national football associations.
Ensure protection of FIFA's legal interests by monitoring and enforcing intellectual property rights, trademarks, and licensing agreements.
Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of FIFA's statutes, regulations, and governance framework, and ensure compliance with FIFA's policies and guidelines.
Stay updated on legal developments and trends in the sports industry, providing proactive advice and recommendations to the management team.
Handle any legal disputes or claims arising during the tournament, working closely with relevant stakeholders to achieve timely and favorable resolutions.
Conduct regular audits and assessments to identify and address legal compliance gaps and implement necessary corrective actions.
About the Company
The FIFA World Cup 26™ will mark the first time that the tournament features 48 teams and will be hosted by three countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
This new format redefines excellence, generating unique opportunities for greater participation and engagement from fans and players in North America and all over the world. Now is your time to be a game changer and join the workforce that is planning and delivering this unique and unforgettable experience.
Reporting organisationally to the Chief Tournament Officer of Mexico, the Legal Director will help serve Legal efforts for the FIFA World Cup 2026 that for the first time ever, is hosting 48 teams and 1,200+ players across 3 countries and 16 venues. This role will be responsible for local legal matters related to the tournament, including contractual agreements, compliance, risk management, and protecting the tournament's legal interests. Further, this role will oversee dispute resolution, intellectual property protection, managing legal risks, and external counsel if necessary.
Sitting within the Legal Department, Legal (along with Compliance) aims to deliver the most engaging, innovative, and accessible World Cup experience for all athletes, fans, partners, and the community.