Eligibility and Nationality in Football

Eligibility and Nationality in Football

The dynamics of eligibility and nationality in football have turned into a trending topic within the football industry, especially given the rumors that FIFA is considering an overhaul of the rules which govern players’ eligibility for national teams, including a proposal which would allow players to switch allegiance in certain circumstances.[1]

Introduction

In 2017, Mr Victor Montagliani, CONCACAF’s President, addressed this matter and stated that there were issues regarding the rules which are aimed at preventing players from switching between national teams or representing countries they have no connection with.[2]

The truth is that since the beginning of time, representing one’s country on the international stage has long been understood as the highpoint of a football player’s career. Bearing this in mind, FIFA’s aim behind the rules concerning the...

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