SURE YOUR PLAYERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY...
International clearance is required by all players moving across
borders who wish to play football in England under an affiliated
English Football Association Club in an affiliated English
Football Association League.
It applies to all players of 10 years of age and over. Player born
outside England (“aboard”) will require
Clubs must be vigilant when registering players to play Football in
England in and English Football Association affiliated Clubs and
Leagues. If you think they have played abroad they will need
international clearance (ITC) from theFA or ITC exemption back from
theFA before they can play in England.
(The term "abroad" even applies to Wales, Scotland and Northern
Make sure you ask your players if they have played outside of
England before you register them to your Club. If they have, played
Football outside England, your Club will need to contact The FA
Registrations Department for ITC Clearance or exemption . TheFA will
do their utmost to get the player cleared for you as soon as
possible, but Aug/Sep & Oct are very busy period for them ..
Please note: it is not always possible to get clearances
The FA has to deal with dozens of foreign Associations and
sometimes the process is slow. Please also remember the time
differences in some countries, especially America and Australia.
Clubs and players may be required to complete an application form
which is available from The FA Registrations' Department or online.
Clubs seeking International Clearance should make a request in
writing to The FA Registrations Department (details below).
Full details about international clearance including different
categories of players can be found on the FA website via the link
FA INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE SUPPORT
GET IN TOUCH WITH THE ENGLISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
The FA Registrations Department
Phone: 0800 169 1863
The ITC scheme is governed by FIFA, FIFA - Address is Federation
Internationale de Football Association, FIFA Strasse 20, P.O Box
8044 Zurich, Switzerland,