Over the last decade we have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of football agents working in the professional game. Sport globally has become a commercial giant, with huge rewards available to those who compete and also for those who represent them in their negotiations.

Since FIFA passed the responsibility to regulate intermediaries (agents) in 2001 to individual countries, and introduced the new ‘Regulations on Working with Intermediaries’ in 2015, there has been a significant increase in those taking up the profession in a legal and legitimate manner.

Led by Dr. Erkut Sögüt, the agent of Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, the UCFB Sports Agent Programme aims to provide UCFB students with a bespoke inside view of the process of becoming a sports agent or intermediary, and also aims to address some of the practicalities and realities of player representation both in the UK and overseas.

This programme is designed for students studying MSc Sport Management and MSc International Sport Management, and final year BA (Hons) International Football Business and BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Law students at UCFB Wembley.

Attendance from other UCFB students will be available on a first-come first-served basis depending on remaining places.

Dr. Erkut Sögüt LLM

Dr. Erkut Sögüt has a wealth of experience and a passion for education. Graduating with an undergraduate law degree from the University of Osnabrück, Germany, Dr. Sögüt also has two masters degrees in law from both Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, and Kültür University, Istanbul, Turkey, as well as a PhD in the field of sports law from the University of Osnabrück.

Dr. Sögüt has ten years’ experience in both the legal and practical aspects of the sporting industry. With the ability to speak several languages including German, Turkish, English and Spanish, he has an extensive network of contacts globally throughout the sports world. Dr. Sögüt is currently acting as the intermediary (agent) and lawyer of Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil. He is the sole lawyer for Ozil’s image rights company Ozil Marketing GmbH, and deals with all matters between the player and the club, including contract negotiations and commercial deals with sponsors including Adidas, Mercedes Benz, Konami and Beats. Being the sole lawyer for Ozil Marketing GmbH, Dr. Sögüt has assisted in all legal issues for his client over the last five years.

Dr. Sögüt also represents several other high profile clients in football, basketball and hockey, as well as representing football clubs in commercial deals.