Definition of Bosman in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈbɒzmən/


[usually as modifier]
Used with reference to a European Court ruling which obliges professional football or other sports clubs to allow players over the age of 25 to move freely between clubs once their contracts have expired: he’s out of contract in the summer, meaning Rangers could sign him under the Bosman ruling the team is made up entirely of Bosman signings
More 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, a Belgian footballer who brought a legal case which resulted in the ruling.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.