International Clearance

International Clearance is required by all players moving across borders to play football and it applies to all players over the age of 10. The purpose of the International Clearance is to ensure that players have fulfilled their financial obligations to previous clubs, county or regional FA’s, and that they are not serving a suspension in another country.

It is very important that every club is vigilant when registering players. If you think that they have played abroad they will need clearance before they play in England and in this context abroad includes Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Breaches are dealt with under the provisions of FA Rule E1 (b) and E1 (d). Individual players and Clubs can face disciplinary action and Leagues are empowered to take further action which can lead to fines and deduction of points.

Further information on the Regulations can be found in the documents attached below. If you wish to apply for International Clearance, please use the application form and send the completed application directly to the Football Association, not to the Nottinghamshire County FA.

Clubs are reminded that County FA's do not handle International Clearance cases and all correspondence should be taken to the FA, contact on 0844 9808200 and ask for the 'Registrations Department' or alternatively via email on



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