In accordance with FIFA Regulations, international clearance is required for any player over the age of 10 who is seeking to register for a club in England and has previously been registered for a club abroad (including the other Home Associations), or who is a foreign national seeking to register for the first time in this country.
If the player is under the age of 18, they are subject to the provisions of FIFA Article 19. International clearance is applicable at all levels of the game and further information on how to apply for international clearance for amateur players can be found below.
AMATEUR PLAYERS UNDER 18
Applications for players under the age of 18 must be applied for in accordance with FIFA Article 19, which states that the international movement of players is only permitted if the player is over the age of 18. Further information and the application form can be found below.
AMATEUR ADULT PLAYERS
International clearance is applicable at all levels of the game. It is the registering club’s responsibility to verify a player’s registration history in order to ascertain whether international clearance may be required.
Clubs and competitions operating near the borders between England and Wales/Scotland need to be particularly cautious – a player can only play football in one country (subject to international clearance) and cannot play football in two countries on different days, under any circumstances. Further information and the application form can be found below.