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About the DRC Database
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Content DRC Database
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About the DRC Database

What is DRC Database?
DRC Database gives you access to all published decisions from the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber as from 2002. The information is very transparent and easily accessible. The decisions are easy to find with a professional search engine. All decisions are summarized, analyzed, sorted, ranked and – where needed – commented. By gaining access to this valuable collection of all DRC decisions you have unique and valuable information for your professional purpose. A must have in the sports law industry.

Why DRC Database?
This database is initiated for the use of professionals in international sports law. In this growing sector of the legal industry it is essential that information is transparent and accessible. Having experience in this field and particularly with FIFA DRC Decisions the authors concluded that a reformation of the decisions was necessary to increase the level of knowledge in the market.

What are the unique qualities of DRC Database?

  • All published decisions from the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (as from 2002) in one database
  • All new DRC decisions will be periodically updated into the database
  • Easy to find with a professional search engine
  • All decisions are summarized, analyzed, sorted, ranked and - where needed - commented
  • This transparent and accessible information completes your knowledge of all legal aspects of international football
  • By gaining access to this valuable collection of all DRC decisions you have unique and valuable information for your professional purpose. A must have in the sports law industry.
  • The database is edited by a.o. the author of the book "The jurisprudence of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber"
  • Asser Institute is one of the highly appreciated partners of DRC Database
  • Access to this valuable information all over the world simply through the internet and your personal account

Which people and organization are responsible for DRC Database?
DRC Database is a project ran by a team of experts specialized in the laws and regulations concerning International Football. The authors are Frans M. de Weger and Thijs Kroese. Frans de Weger is an international sports lawyer. Thijs Kroese is an international legal football consultant, involved in the advising of players and clubs on legal aspects of transfers and employment contracts. For more information about the organization and/or authors behind DRC Database click here.


Conditions

What kinds of subscriptions are available?
You can sign up for a regular or a trial subscription. A regular subscription to DRC Database is € 195,- per user per year (excl VAT if and insofar as due by cause of law. This depends on your resident country and your status as private individual or business). With this subscription you have unlimited access to all available information and all functionalities.

A test subscription will be valid for seven days and is free of any costs. With this subscription you have access to a limited amount of information of the search results. This subscription will give you the chance to get acquainted with the database and part of its content. If you want to have full access to the case numbers, articles, summaries and commentaries you will have to enlist for a regular subscription. For your information, the trial subscription will not be tacitly prolonged. More information about the subscriptions and costs of DRC Database click here.

Can I use one subscription for more users?
Each account is for a single user using a single machine at a time. For each user of DRC Database in a company or organization a new subscription is necessary. It is not possible for two users to work with one subscription. All login information is unique and singular usable.

Is it possible to subscribe for a deviated price?
Persons who or institutions that are of the opinion they can be considered as potential subscribers for deviated prices can contact info@drcdatabase.com. For example, students can contact the members of DRC Database in order to discuss the possibilities with regard to deviated prices and for a shorter period of time.


What are the (general) terms and conditions of DRC Database?
Click here for the Terms and Conditions of DRC Database.

What is the privacy policy of DRC Database?
Click here for the Privacy Policy of DRC Database.

What is the disclaimer of DRC Database?
Click here for the Disclaimer of DRC Database.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

How can I register and pay for a regular subscription of DRC Database?
With the registration form you can register for a regular subscription. For a fast and effective completion of the registration process you will have to fulfill the payment immediately after entering all the necessary information on the given form. The payment process will take place via PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account you will be able to pay with your credit card. Within two working days you will receive a confirmation email with your login information.

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What is PayPal?
PayPal is a secure online payment method, which allows you to pay quickly and easily without sharing any of your financial information. PayPal remembers and safeguards your bank, credit or debit card details, so you don’t have to. For more information go to www.paypal.com.

How does PayPal work?
You can choose to pay with credit card or with your PayPal account. Creating your PayPal account is easy. All you need is your email address and a password. Once your account is set up, you just need to attach your bank account, credit or debit card to make online payments in a few easy clicks. After you have validated the payment, PayPal will automatically write off the amount from your credit card or PayPal account.

Please use the same email address for the payment process as used in the registration process.

If you have questions about the payment process or want to pay in a different way you can contact us via info@drcdatabase.com.

How can I register for a trial subscription of DRC Database?
With the registration form you can also register for a trial subscription. You have to enter all the necessary information. Within two working days you will receive a confirmation email with your login information. This account will be valid for seven days.

With a trial subscription you will only be able to search part of the content and information of the search results.

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How do I convert a trial subscription into a regular subscription?
Just go to the registration page and sign up for a new and regular subscription. Please use the same email address for the payment process as used in the registration process.

How can I subscribe for multiple users?
Each account is for a single user using a single machine at a time. For each user of DRC Database in a company or organization a new subscription must be closed. It is not possible to work with one account for two users. All login information is unique and singular usable. If you want to sign up for a subscription for more than one user you can email us at info@drcdatabase.com. Please mention your company and personal information, number of users and reason for use. We will contact you within one working day.


Content DRC Database

What does the database contain?
The editors of DRC Database, summarized, analyzed, sorted and – where needed - commented all decisions of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) published on the website of FIFA (www.fifa.com). Each decision is divided in several sections, such as Case Number, Date, Headwords, Relevant RSTP article, Summary (subdivided in Facts, Considerations, Decision), (where needed) Commentary, Relevance and a Link to the original document. Please be aware that summaries are provided by DRC Database, and are intended for the use and benefit of regulatory compliance professionals in the judicial services industry.

How up-to-date is the DRC Database?
FIFA publishes its decisions quarterly. As a result from that all new DRC decisions will be periodically updated into the database.

Is DRC Database available in multiple languages?
No, the database is only available in English.

Is it possible that certain decisions aren’t summarized and commented which are published in French, German or Spanish?
Yes, it is. These decisions aren’t in the database yet with the total content. We will let you know as soon as that is available. Please send a request for these decisions (if possible with the subject and the case number) to info@drcdatabase.com.

What do some of the abbreviations mean?
Click here to find out what the meanings are of the most used abbreviations


USING DRC DATABASE
How do I enter DRC Database?
Once your registration, and if necessary payment, are processed you will receive within two working days a confirmation email with your login information. With this information you can login to the website for the first time. After login you can create a new personal password.

How can I search DRC Database?
When searching the database, just use any combination of words and hit the search button. Use key words of the subject or content of the decision you want to find. The database will swiftly search all DRC decisions. When searching the database, there is no need to use connection words (OR, AND). The search engine automatically sorts the results on relevance based on your search terms. The system was designed to add certain values to different parts of the decisions. The most relevant decisions automatically appear on the top of the list. If the desired decisions aren’t found you have to refine your search instruction.

How are the results sorted?
The results are sorted on relevance. Relevance is guaranteed by the editors who have summarized the decisions carefully. Because of this system (and like many other search engines such as Google) the engine can give more search results than expected. Some of the results can be irrelevant. However, because of the engines ability to sort and prioritize the results on relevance, there will be no need to browse through all results, because you can focus on the top part of the results (again just like Google).

For more information about how to use DRC Database click here.

How can I watch the whole decision?
On the bottom of each search result you can find a link to the original document of the decision.

Why is the original document unavailable?
These pages are under construction on the FIFA website. As soon as these are available they will be available through our system.

Can I change my profile?
Yes, via the button in the top right corner you can change the information in your profile

If you have any further questions regarding the use of DRC Database, please don’t hesitate to ask us by email at info@drcdatabase.com.

I have consulted the available information (with a regular subscription) of DRC Database, but I still have some questions on this matter. What can I do?
Please send a complete email with your questions to info@drcdatabase.com. The authors, specialists in international sports law, will look into it and get back to you as soon as possible.

Why is my account is blocked?
We will inform you as soon as possible with detailed information about this blocking action. If you want to speed up the process you can contact us via info@drcdatabase.com.

I forgot my password
Click here to get a new password

TECHNICALITIES
What to do if there are any problems with the system?
Please send us an email with all the necessary information regarding the problem to info@drcdatabase.com.

Do I have to download DRC Database?
No, DRC Database is an online application. You have just got to www.drcdatabase.com and log in. You can use DRC Database all over the world through the internet and your personal account.

If you have any further questions regarding DRC Database, please don’t hesitate to ask. You contact us by email at info@drcdatabase.com.
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