Stateless individuals and eligibility to play for representative teams

Stateless individuals and eligibility to play for representative teams
This article focuses on the recent amendment to the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes which allows for the participation of stateless individuals in official competitions.

Introduction

 

Eligibility to play for representative teams in football has always been based on the principle of holding the relevant nationality.[1] There are, however, scenarios in which certain individuals are excluded from international competitions because they do not meet this prerequisite. Specifically, these are stateless individuals.

One of the recent amendments to the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes approved by the 70th FIFA Congress held virtually on 18 September 2020, following the endorsement of the FIFA...

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