Please be vigilant when registering players. If you think they have played abroad they will need clearance back before they can play in England.
("Abroad" even applies to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
Make sure you ask your players if they have played outside of England before you register them. If they have you will need to contact The FA Registrations Department. They will do their utmost to get the player cleared for you as soon as possible.
Please note that it is not always possible to get clearances immediately.
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.
For further information visit www.TheFA.com.
- International Clearance Request Form.pdf
- International Transfers - Article 19.pdf
- International Clearance - FIFA Regulations.pdf