Emilio Garcia

Chief Legal Officer
FIFA

Attorney-at-law admitted at Madrid Bar Association (2002) and Doctor in Law at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid (2008) in which he served as Associate Professor on Employment and Sports Law since 2005 until 2012. Master in Sports Law (2003, Lleida University, Spain), Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School (2003-2004, Labor and Sports Law Programme) and Master in European Sports Governance (2010, Science Po, Paris).

In the field of football, Emilio was responsible for all legal matters as Legal Director of the Spanish Football Federation for more than eight years (2004-2012). During this period, he served as member of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (2006-2012) and appointed CAS Arbitrator (football list) in March 2012.

In September 2012, Emilio joined UEFA as Head of Disciplinary and Integrity, being promoted to Managing Director of Integrity in 2017. At UEFA, Emilio was leading the disciplinary, anti-doping and anti-match manipulation departments. In this period, he also acted before the CAS as UEFA’s leading counsel for sports arbitration matters.

In September 2018, Emilio joined FIFA as Chief Legal & Compliance Officer (Legal & Compliance Director). He is currently responsible for all legal matters of the company, leading a group of more than 150 colleagues in this field.