Definition of Bosman ruling in English:

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Bosman ruling

Pronunciation: /ˈbäzmən ˌro͞oliNG/


A European Court ruling that obliges professional soccer or other sports clubs to allow players over the age of 25 to move freely between clubs once their contracts have expired.
Example sentences
  • It was bad enough bringing in the Bosman ruling where a player out of contract can just up and go to wherever anyone will have him.
  • The 1995 Bosman ruling gave footballers more control over their transfer dealings and consequently the ability to earn more money.
  • When the Bosman ruling gave players freedom of movement once their contract with a club expired, it was widely predicted that the transfer market would collapse.


1990s: named after Jean-Marc Bosman (1964–), a Belgian soccer player who brought a legal case that resulted in the ruling.

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Syllabification: Bos·man rul·ing

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