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Head Of Legal - Fwwc2023

Fédération Internationale de Football Association - Sydney, NSW

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If you are a seasoned event professional interested in a once-in-a-lifetime job in the sports industry, this is your chance. We are looking for someone to lead and strengthen the team in charge of organising the biggest women’s sporting event in the world: the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023™.

To ensure the successful operational delivery of the ninth edition of this competition, we have set up a local events team. Its aim is to improve the experience of over 1.1 billion people watching the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, by delivering innovative solutions across all operational areas.

We are currently looking to recruit our

Head of Legal

Job responsibilities

As the Head of Lega;, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, you will manage and oversee the entire legal function of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Entity in Australia and New Zealand.

Under the guidance of the Chief Executive Officer, and working closely with the FIFA Operational and Commercial Legal teams in Zürich, the Head of Legal is a dynamic position that is critical to the operation of the Entity and the delivery of the tournament.

The Head of Legal will be a skilled lawyer who can manage all legal matters for the Entity during its set-up phase, operational phase and wind-down phase following the conclusion of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

You will work in close collaboration with Functional Area experts based in FIFA HQ in Zurich to ensure that the Legal projects of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023TM are successfully planned and implemented.

J ob duties

Your role as the Head of Legal includes the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee, manage and lead delivery of all legal services for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Entity, including drafting and negotiating employment agreements, managing corporate administrative matters, drafting and negotiating service provider agreements and venue agreements and managing any contentious matters and disputes that may arise
  • Collaborate with Human Resources to establish employment and human resource policies
  • Establish the legal processes and procedures for the Entity
  • Ensure legal agreements and related policies reflect the commercial and operational goals for the tournament as defined by FIFA
  • Support brand protection and anti-ambush marketing activities as part of the overall brand protection plan developed by FIFA
  • Advise senior management on all significant legal issues relevant to the Entity, and be able to provide strategic legal advice on business affairs as needed
  • Recruit, manage and lead a team of attorneys across Australia and New Zealand
  • Manage external counsel where appropriate.
  • As a key member of the management team, work collaboratively with colleagues across Australia, in New Zealand and Zürich as defined by the operational organizational structure

Qualifications & experience

You will be qualified to practice law in Australia (with qualification to practice in New Zealand a plus), and have minimum of 9 years’ experience as a practicing attorney, with at least 4 years’ of experience working as an attorney in the sports or comparable event-planning industry. You will have experience of building a legal department of an Australian company during its set-up phase, and have a keen understanding of various interests and demands of all key stakeholders of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.


This position requires a true leader with the ability to negotiate, cooperate and make decisions by applying critical problem-solving skills. As a leader of a team, it is important that you take an inclusive approach and are able to motivate others toward a common purpose. You must be able to delegate tasks appropriately while being transparent and assuming accountability for any decisions taken on your watch. A high degree of passion and understanding of interests and demands of stakeholders is essential, and you will be able to hire, develop, coach, appraise and attain highly qualified attorneys. The demands of the job mean you must be highly resilient and organised, as well as able to manage conflict and communicate clearly.

What we offer

Working at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 is more than a job; it is a calling to create a better world through the power of football.

As part of the FIFA family, you will be working with highly motivated colleagues within a dynamic and diverse team. Employment is offered until Q4 2023.

How to apply

If you think you would be a good fit and are keen to work for an exciting and truly international organisation, we would love to hear from you. To apply, you should submit your application in English (motivation letter, CV, diplomas and reference letters) through our online application portal. Please only submit your applications through the portal, we cannot review applications submitted by email or post. Applicants will be required to provide proof of right to work within the host countries.