What is mediation? And why is it so effective in resolving even the most difficult disputes?


Sports mediation is a progressive, collaborative method for resolving disputes within the sports world. Widely adopted across Europe and globally, it embodies a contemporary conflict resolution approach centered on cooperation and compromise. This method effectively ends sports disputes by seeking solutions beneficial to all involved parties, addressing the need for fast, informal, and confidential proceedings. Beyond resolving conflicts, sports mediation plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy relationships, fostering ongoing cooperation, and upholding the positive reputations of the disputing parties. Given the unique nature of sports disputes, the closed nature of the sporting community, the urgency required in resolving conflicts, and the need to minimize media exposure, mediation stands as the ideal method for upholding the principles of fair play in sports conflict resolution.


in Sports

Sports mediation is a preferred choice for many due to its numerous benefits, particularly in the context of sports-related issues:
Some cases are resolved in just one or a few mediation sessions. Even more complex cases are resolved more quickly than through court proceedings.
Maintains the privacy of the dispute, with information not being disclosed publicly. Parties have the autonomy to decide the timings and venues of meetings, often resolving conflicts before they become public.
Offers flexibility with the option of in-person or online mediation, accommodating the schedules and preferences of the parties involved.
the mediator ensures an equitable balance between parties, supporting them equally in resolving the dispute without imposing solutions or favoring any party.
Preserving Relationships
The process is centered on the individuals and their genuine issues rather than rigid legalities, leading to practical solutions and improved mutual understanding.
More economical than other methods of conflict resolution. The process is faster and doesn't require hiring additional specialists or extensive bureaucratic engagement. It’s also significantly less stressful than court proceedings.

Of Sport Mediation

The reasons for choosing mediation go beyond its effectiveness, offering a suite of additional benefits, particularly valuable in sports:
  • Voluntary Participation: Requires the consent of all parties involved.
  • Informality: The process is more casual and conversation-based, eliminating the need for formal legal representation and extensive paperwork.
  • Autonomy in Decision-Making: Parties have full control over the agreement’s content, with terms negotiated and agreed upon mutually.
  • Flexible Process Management: Parties dictate the mediation’s terms, including scheduling, session duration, participation of third parties, and the chosen method of mediation (whether indirect, online, etc.).
  • Indirect Mediation Option: Allows for mediation where parties do not have to meet face-to-face, with the mediator conducting separate sessions with each party.
  • Broad Applicability: Suitable for a wide range of sports disputes, with the exception of disciplinary and doping-related issues.

Are Suitable
for Mediation?

Mediation can be effectively used in nearly every matter related to sports. It is particularly suitable for cases involving:
  • Payments,
  • Execution of sponsorship agreements,
  • Player contracts,
  • Licensing issues,
  • Changes in club colors,
  • Compensation for player training,
  • Additional benefits for players,
  • Use of club colors,
  • Image rights,
  • Conflicts between clubs,
  • Disputes among club co-owners,
  • Conflicts between clubs and owners of sports facilities,
  • Any other cases where amicable dispute resolution is possible.

Note: We do not conduct mediation in cases related to disciplinary actions or doping!

Mediation Differ
from Arbitration?

Mediation and Arbitration are two distinct alternative methods for resolving disputes, offering the opportunity to settle conflicts outside the conventional court system.
  • Mediation, often referred to as “enhanced negotiations,” is not in competition with arbitration. Instead, it serves as a complementary approach and is typically considered before resorting to an arbitration court.
  • In mediation, the involved parties actively seek a resolution to their dispute under mutually beneficial terms. The mediator facilitates discussions but does not impose a settlement; the final decision is exclusively up to the parties.
  • Through the assistance of an impartial mediator, parties have the chance to independently conclude their dispute in a manner that is satisfactory for everyone involved.
  • In contrast, arbitration involves an arbitration court that proposes solutions to the parties. This limits the parties’ decision-making autonomy and often involves more formal procedures and longer resolution times.
  • The ruling of an arbitration court often “resolves” the dispute, but this doesn’t necessarily mean a satisfactory end to the conflict. The ruling might not be favorable for one or both parties, possibly leading to further disputes.
  • Opting for mediation does not preclude the possibility of initiating proceedings before an arbitration court if the parties fail to agree on contentious matters.

in a Sports Dispute?


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53-332 Wrocław
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53-332 Wrocław
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