The Meaning of UFA

“Colors of an Ancient Beirut.” This delightful video depicts life in the ancient city of Beirut, Lebanon during a festive time of year: the weddings of Qantaha and Mohammahed as well as Fatima’s funeral. In addition, the video includes a number of traditional dances from the time of the Pharoahs. This colorful, lively clip tells the tale of this ancient town. It is appropriately named, “Colors of an Ancient Beirut.”

“Colors of an Ancient Beirut” employs several snippets from Lebanese folk music to illustrate life in this long-gone, romantic city. It includes traditional Arabic dance and music as well as the vibrant rhythms of the West. It mixes old Persian carpet designs with modern conveniences such as electric fans and a refrigerator. The result is a look at the colorful side of everyday life in the historical, cultural, and religious heritage of this lovely city. It is appropriately titled, “Colors of an Ancient Beirut.”

The film depicts life in this ancient town through the stories of its rich residents who live by the coast in a small fishing village. Among these are the Obejas, or “poor men’s lawyers,” portrayed by Arsalan (Abbas) and his clerk Nada (Feisal). The lawyers represent the downtrodden masses, especially the poorer ones, which form the bulk of the population of Obejas. The movie focuses on their lives, how they rise above their station in life, and how their struggle affects the people of their village and the wider world. The colorful portrayal of ordinary people unconnected with political or economic power also underlines the importance of the role of the UFA in keeping peace.

Feisal and Nada, represented by their respective assistants, face the dilemma of how to represent the plight of their fellow citizens in the midst of the chaotic political situation. As they do, they witness the brutality of the forces often against them and the helplessness of the people. Throughout three years in the profession of law, Feisal and Nada gradually become well-known and become well-loved by their peers. Eventually, their determination to help their fellow man pushes them into the national spotlight, where they become eligible for the post of Judge of the First Supreme Court. While there they encounter the depredations of the entrenched powers of the ISPs and the generalissimo of the government. They are the ones to bring about political change, eventually establishing the now secular regime of Prime Minister Ahmadinejad.

The movie concludes with the elections, when the incumbent PM receives the votes of the people and becomes the first President of the Republic of Iran. In the meantime, however, the ISPs have yet to be installed. A year after the takeover of the country, a young prince realizes that he is the rightful heir apparent to the throne and therefore demands for a meeting with the ISPs, which is to be held on the lawn of the Interior Ministry. The irrepressible and arrogant IRGC becomes the first resistance of the new government, but with the help of the newly appointed UEA players, they are able to put an end to this conflict before it can even reach the climax. As the game ends, the player becomes the winner and therefore, earns the right to command all the lands of Iran. He thus becomes the protector of the people and the champion of justice.

UFA stands for Unrestricted Free Agents. This contract is only between a player and the powers that are, not between a person and his government. This means that anyone can form a party to a contract with UFA and access all the benefits that are granted by that contract. This also means that the powers that be cannot interfere with the actions of a player when he is in the employ of UFA. The player thus becomes the unbound and unlimited freedom’s champion, enjoying all the rights and privileges that go with this role.

This article aims to introduce to the readers the concept of UFA. It aims to make clear to the players that they can engage in a contract with any other team that they want to without any restrictions whatsoever. Once the player becomes the UFA, he is not bound to the regime of his current employers; instead he is free to engage in another team’s contract, if another team demands him.

Once a player is tagged as UFA, he has no other option but to return to his previous team and play there till his contract expires. If he does not sign a new deal with his current club, he can re-tag himself as a restricted free agent and be eligible to play for another team anywhere in the league. However, signing a new contract with another team means that he has to first fill a three-year waiting period (after the expiry of his existing contract) and then play for that team for the entire next season. He cannot play for a club that signed him while he was a UFA. Furthermore, even if he signs a new contract with another team, his previous club cannot pressure him to return to them.