14 Sports Law is the first highly specialised sports law boutique based in Portugal, focusing on all things legal in the world of sports. Their work includes international and national dispute resolution before sports’ arbitration bodies, advising on compliance, disciplinary, contractual and regulatory matters, as well as assisting investors in the business of sports.

The Firm has a long-standing involvement with academia. Lawyers at 14 Sports Law regularly lecture at some of Europe’s leading graduate and post-graduate programs, such as CBMA, European University (Real Madrid), Lusiada University, among others.

Now, 14 Sports Law has launched an initiative to promote greater inclusion of women in the industry, in partnership with some of the leading figures in European sports law. 

“The Knock-Out: 14 Sports Law Award for Women” will give the opportunity to a female law graduate to get an in-depth experience in the sports law industry. The winner of the award will receive a cash prize of 1,000 Euros, a 3-month internship at 14 Sports Law, and sports law training at the Leadership Woman Football Academy.

To apply, candidates must be in the last year of their law degree, or have completed it within the last two years. They must also submit an article, in Portuguese or English, on a topic of their choice directly related to sports law, with a maximum of fifteen thousand words. Applications must be submitted by email to info@14sportslaw.com by November 1, 2022.

For Matilde Costa Dias,

“the Knock-Out for Women in Sports Law award is our contribution to increase awareness of the career opportunities that exist within sports law. We want to open the door to more and more women lawyers who are interested in sports and who may have, with this award, the opportunity to start a successful career in this industry that is as passionate as it is challenging.”

The jury of the Knock-Out for Women in Sports Law award is made up of some of the leading female figures in Sports Law:

Matilde Costa Dias

Matilde Costa Dias is a licensed lawyer in Portugal, member of the Portuguese Bar, with specific knowledge and experience in Arbitration and Litigation within the Sports Law field. She started her career in sports law back in 2014 where she collaborated directly with a Portuguese CAS Arbitrator and moved to Barcelona in 2015 where she joined the prestigious firm Pintó Ruiz & Del Valle.

After almost 6 years working in Barcelona, she joined the Portuguese Boutique Law Firm 14 Sports Law, where she currently coordinates the Litigation & Arbitration Department, providing legal advice to the different agents in the sport industry in contractual and disciplinary and regulatory matters, frequently participating as lawyer in the sport arbitration proceedings, particularly in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS-CAS).

She is a member of the Board of Directors of APDD (Portuguese Association of Sports Law), President of the Appeals Committee of the Portuguese Surfing Federation and has also several publications related to sports law, having in recent years given lectures in several international Masters in Sports Law.

Reyes Bellver Alonso

Founder and Attorney-at-Law at Bellver Sports, a legal boutique (Madrid, Spain). Master in International Relations (San Pablo CEU University), Master of Business Taxation (ICADE) Master in Sports Law (University of Lleida 2009-2011) FIFA/CIES Programme in Sport Management (RFEF, 2015) and Certificate in Sport Management by Columbia University in 2019. Reyes started her legal career at EY, but since 2009 she has been working in Sports Law, focused on football issues, defense of players, coaches and clubs before the dispute resolution bodies of FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), as well as in advising intermediaries and other sports agents. She is also certified by the FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme in 2018. As of 2020, she is an external consultant for FIFA ́s Professional Football department. 

Founder and President of a platform called Leadership Woman Football, founded in 2018 to promote the leadership and the visibility of women in football. Embracing all fields and areas of sports, Bellver is committed to gender equality and diversity in football. She won a Miki Roqué Prize “Peace Through Sport” in 2017 for her associative work with a focus on gender issues and the defense of equality in sports. Bellver is part of Who’s Who Legal (WWL: Sports & Entertainment) as an expert in Sports Law since 2018. She is currently the president of the Sports Law Association of Madrid. 

Alejandra Gomez Bruinewood

Alexandra is a lawyer who studied in Uruguay, in the Universidad de la República. She graduated from a Master’s degree (LL.M) in International Commercial law in the Erasmus University, in The Netherlands. 

She fully committed to football law starting in 2013, when she started working for FIFPRO (World Players Union) in its Netherlands headquarters. Her work consists of providing legal assessment to Player Associations and professional football players around the world, in relation to player contracts, consequences of their breach, Collective bargaining agreements, National Dispute Resolution Chambers, etc. 

Alexandra is a regular lecturer at various Masters in International Sports Law / Football Law, also having been the the co-Director of ISDE Global Master in Sports Management and Legal Skills with F.C. Barcelona. As from 2017, Alexandra is a Judge of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber, being the first woman to ever hold this position. Alexandra is also Senior Legal Counsel at FIFPro.

Ana Margarida Marques

Ana Margarida Marques is a Senior Legal Adviser currently working at the Portuguese Football Federation as Head of Club Licensing & Certification. Previously, she worked in the President ́s Support Office, Integrity & Compliance, Legal Division and Coordinator of Rights Protection Programme of several internacional sports events, such as UEFA Nations League and Champions League. She is also Vice-President of the Portuguese Sports Law Association. 

Prior to joining the portuguese FA, she worked at insurers AXA, Marsh & MacLennan, and in the public sector as Deputy and Head of Office of the Secretary of State of Youth and Sports. 

Ana Marques is a Law Graduate from Oporto University Law School and has a Masters Degree in Business and Contract Law from Minho University Law School, a Postgraduation Course in Finance and Sports Law from the University of Lisbon Law School and several UEFA courses. During the past years she has also given lectures in several portuguese universities and institutes, such as Oporto University Law School, University of Lisbon Law School, Coimbra Business School, University Lusiada of Oporto and Portugal Football School. 

Júlia Almeida

Julia completed her Master’s Degree in Sports Law at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. 

Her career in sports law began with the acquisition by Traffic Sports Europe of a Portuguese club, Estoril Praia. After several years working as Legal Director of Estoril SAD, she was invited to become the CEO of another Portuguese football Club, Alverca SAD. Following a period as CEO of Alverca SAD, she joined recently promoted club Casa Pia, where she currently holds the position of Executive Director.

Jessie Engelhart

Jessie is a sports lawyer and entrepreneur with previous experience at international law firms, FC Barcelona and UEFA. She is the founding partner of Sensato Sports Law, a Barcelona based boutique law firm specialized in all sports-related disputes and advisory matters. She has a broad understanding of the sports ecosystem from not only a legal but also from a business perspective.

She has in-depth knowledge of the governance and strategy models of professional football clubs and federations and has established a strong network within the industry.

Jessie provides legal advice to clients primarily regarding contractual matters (employment, representation, transfer and image rights agreements) and defends her clients’ interests before Spanish courts and international sports tribunals.

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