Sanjiv Arora – Former FIFA Sports Lawyer And Founder/CEO AFM

September 14, 2020

Extraordinary events at FIFA, broadcasting deals in football, what it takes to be a sports lawyer, the highs and lows of the job and the desire for a greater representation of British Asian footballers were some of the great insights and views Sanjiv shared.

It is not often you get and honest and open insight into these very timely and topical areas from somebody who has such personal experiences.

This is a great conversation and one not to miss!

Sanjiv has over the past two decades carved out a legal career at the highest levels of sports administration, including at FIFA and beIN Sports.

This podcast provides a glimpse into that journey as well as insight into what attributes are necessary to be a success in the field of sports law.

He also describes his latest venture and his intention to provide opportunities within the football community.

You can follow Sanjiv on Twitter @SanjivArora1978 as well as contact him directly via LinkedIn for any matters related to sports administration, legal advice or career development”


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Success Quotes or sayings:

The way you treat people when you are on the way up is the way you will be treated when you are on the way down

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics by Jonathan Wilson  

Football Against The Enemy by Simon Kuper

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Self-awareness is key to allow preparation in areas where I feel less comfortable

Put yourself in their shoes and use your empathy


In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Hard work – you can’t escape from it!

Don’t be too hard on yourself


Who has made a big impact on you?

Many, from family members, to work colleagues and management. Garnering tips & knowledge on how to behave & also, importantly, how not to behave!


Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

People who are in power in football – injected with a truth serum


Coaching questions I would like to pose:


What in your life do you need to stop putting energy into and leave behind for the benefit of your personal and professional wellbeing?


How can you identify and move closer to engaging in your ‘passion project’ more of the time?


Contact info:

If you would like to make contact with Sanjiv please make contact with him direct of contact me at and I will pass on your details.







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