The Effects of the Bosman Ruling on National and Club Teams in Europe

30 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2008 Last revised: 21 Jul 2009

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John Binder

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Finance

murray findlay

Soccer Success, Inc.

Date Written: May 29, 2009

Abstract

The Bosman ruling created "free agency" in professional soccer within the European Union (EU) by allowing players to move more easily between clubs and ending restrictions on the number of foreign players from EU nations a team could roster. It has been argued that this hurt various countries' national teams (because it inhibited the growth of domestic talent) and that at the club level the "rich got richer" as the best players gravitated to the top clubs in Europe. This study examines the performance of national and club teams in Europe before and after Bosman and finds that the effects are much less severe than has been hypothesized. Some national teams improved noticeably after Bosman while others became weaker. At the club level, there is little evidence that the competitive balance of the domestic leagues in Europe was harmed by Bosman.

Keywords: European Soccer, Bosman Ruling, Team Performance

JEL Classification: L83

Suggested Citation

Binder, John and findlay, murray, The Effects of the Bosman Ruling on National and Club Teams in Europe (May 29, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1317204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1317204

John Binder (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Finance ( email )

2431 University Hall (UH)
601 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7124
United States

Murray Findlay

Soccer Success, Inc. ( email )

P.O. Box 1231
Batavia, IL 60510
United States

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