About us

DRC Database is a project ran by a team of experts specialized in the laws and regulations concerning International Football. The project started with the book ‘The Jurisprudence of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber’, written by Mr Frans de Weger in cooperation with the Asser Sports Law Institute. Mr Frans de Weger is currently still active at the Database. Not only does DRC Database give its users the opportunity to browse through all the relevant decisions of their search. But many of the extracts of the decisions also contain author’s notes. Therefore, DRC Database is more than just a search engine: it’s a collection of valuable information, essential for any organization dealing with employment contracts and transfers in (international) football.

Mr Frans de Weger

Frans de Weger is an international sports lawyer and Partner at BMDW Advocaten in the Netherlands (www.bmdw.nl). He is recently included in the list of the world’s leading sports lawyers by one of the world’s leading directories of legal practitioners Who’s Who Legal. In the past he worked at the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) as a legal assistant, as a licensed player’s agent and for seven years at the organisation for Dutch professional football clubs, the Federation of Professional Football Organisations (FBO). Over the years he has successfully assisted many Dutch professional football clubs, players and agents in national and international disputes. Meanwhile, Frans has extensive experience in proceedings before the KNVB’s arbitration board, FIFA (PSC and DRC) and CAS.

Given his specialised knowledge of dispute resolution in sport and the legal aspects of football transfers, in addition to his role as CAS arbitrator, Frans de Weger is regularly asked as a lawyer by professional football organisations, players, agents and umbrella organisations within the football field. Frans also gives various lectures and is a regular guest lecturer at a variety of universities, such as the University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Frans de Weger can be contacted through fdw@bmdw.nl


Mr Nick Poggenklaas

Nick Poggenklaas is working as a sports lawyer at Van Diepen Van der Kroef Advocaten in the Netherlands (www.vandiepen.com) As such he gained experience in all kinds of legal disputes related to sports, including disputes related to employment contracts of professional football players, disputes involving football intermediaries and disciplinary issues.

Nick Poggenklaas can be contacted through: n.poggenklaas@vandiepen.com


Mr Arne Al

Arne Al is Legal Counsel at BMDW Advocaten in the Netherlands (www.bmdw.nl) and specialises in (inter)national dispute resolution within football, with a special focus on the collection of outstanding payments, in particular FIFA procedures in front of the FIFA DRC and PSC. In addition, Arne Al provides legal assistance with (international) transfers including contract negotiations, the drafting of transfer and representation agreements, employment contracts and termination agreements.

Arne Al can be contacted through: aa@bmdw.nl & aal@drcdatabase.com

Contact with DRC database team

Would you like deliberations with someone of the DRC Database Team or if you would like to invite (one of) them for a presentation or lecture please send an email to info@drcdatabase.com.