Change of association and players migration

Change of association and players migration
This article focuses on change of association and describes the impact of the evolution of the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes on the number of changes and players migration patterns.

Introduction

 

The Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes regulate eligibility to play in representative teams and, as such, govern change of association. In other words, they define the conditions upon which a player may seek to represent a second member association in international competitions. Ultimately, this also means that an increase or decrease in changes of association depends on the existing conditions.

This article aims to provide the reader with an overview of the total number of changes of association processed by FIFA and a breakdown of these requests based on the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes in force from time to time. It also seeks to identify migration patterns and explain the impact of the regulatory choices made by FIFA...

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