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Decoding the Process of International Transfer of Minors in Football

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Decoding the Process of International Transfer of Minors in Football

Navigating the labyrinthine rules of international transfers in football can be challenging, particularly when it involves young players under the age of 18, i.e., minors. In this reading part, we aim to simplify the understanding of this process, which is crucial for the rising stars of the game considering international opportunities.

Let’s start by acknowledging the central role of the Players’ Status Chamber of the Football Tribunal (PSC). The PSC is responsible for verifying and approving every international transfer or the first registration of minors, as long as the minor is at least 10 years old.

Applying to the PSC is a procedural task and is executed by the national association intending to register the minor. This application is submitted upon the request of the new club the minor player intends to join. In the case of the first registration, the application is made by the national association of the player’s first club. The PSC receives these applications via the Transfer Matching System (TMS), which must include all mandatory documents confirming whether one of the exceptions to the prohibition on international transfer of minors is fulfilled.

This approval process must be completed before the minor’s international transfer or the first registration takes place. When it comes to minors under the age of 10, the national association wishing to register the player must verify and ensure that one of the exceptions to the general rule prohibiting international transfers of minors can be fulfilled, and this verification should be made prior to any registration of the minor.

So, you may be wondering, why is it important for a young player to understand this regulatory regime?

Although minors aren’t directly responsible for obtaining FIFA PSC’s approval, understanding these rules will empower them to make informed decisions when the opportunity to play in another country arises. This knowledge also helps them ensure that the steps taken by the adults managing their football career are compliant with FIFA regulations.

It’s important to bear in mind that the general rule prohibits the international transfer of minors. So, when an opportunity for an overseas move arises, minors need to ascertain whether an exception to this rule can be satisfied. Once that’s confirmed, they can then ensure that the application for approval, along with all the necessary documents, is correctly submitted to FIFA via their national association.

In conclusion, awareness of these rules and regulations can be a game-changer for young talents, safeguarding their interests and smoothing their path to international football stardom. Be sure to stay updated with FIFA regulations and follow proper channels when considering the big move.

Happy playing!