By Jean Baptiste Guillot, Partner and Virginie Molho, Counsel

Two articles of the ASAP Law n° 2020-1525 (“Loi d'Accélération et de Simplification de l'Action Publique”) of 7 December 2020 bring significant changes for sports federations simplifying access to sports practice: the possibility for the latter to issue sports licenses online and ending the compulsory medical certificate for minors.

Article 72 of this law provides for the issue of sports licenses online: sports federations delegated with a public service mission will be required to allow the online application and issue of sports licenses by the 2022-2023 membership campaign
The purpose of this measure is to simplify the procedures for applicants such as sportsmen and women but also for sports clubs that are responsible for gathering the documents and sending them to the federations.

Article 101 of this law replaces the medical certificate of no contraindication to the practice of sport by minors with a questionnaire on their health completed by both the minors and the persons exercising parental authority. This provision thus amends and supplements Articles L. 231-2 à L. 231-3 of the French Sports Code regarding the medical certificate. The registration of unlicensed minors in a sports competition authorized by an authorized federation or organized by an approved sports federation will also be subject to proof of having filled in the above-mentioned questionnaire (Article L. 231-2-1 of the French Sports Code).

Nevertheless, the medical certificate of no contraindication to the practice of sport remains compulsory for adults.

A decree will shortly specify the terms and conditions for implementing these provisions.

Jean Baptiste Guillot

Jean-Baptiste Guillot


Jean-Baptiste Guillot handles mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, commercial law, company law and contract law matters, with a particular focus on international transactions for Canadian, British and French companies.


Virginie molho


Virginie has acquired a solid expertise in sports law allowing her to support players in the sports industry in all types of legal issues in commercial law, company law, association law and social law applied to sport.