The Transfer and Registration of Minors in North America: Immigration, the United States and Relations with Mexico and Canada

The Transfer and Registration of Minors in North America: Immigration, the United States and Relations with Mexico and Canada

Liga MX clubs often tap into the United States market for young players. United States defender Ventura Alvarado joined Club America's youth team in Mexico in a possible breach of FIFA's Article 19. Given the proximity of Mexico to both California and Texas, and the number of Latin-American youth players in the United States, this could be a growing problem for the Mexican clubs.

Football, as the most widely played sport in the world where players leave their own countries seeking the ability to play across international borders, is clearly affected by domestic and international immigration policy. The election of a right leaning politician running on a platform of “building walls”, “securing borders” and making its country “great again” could have a significant impact on the international movement of players. If we consider that many children, who happen to play football, leave their homeland with their parents in search of better economic prospects or as refugees fleeing very dangerous circumstances, it comes as no surprise that the ascent of right leaning immigration policies could have a chilling effect on international transfers of minors to certain countries.

As this is a live issue, this article will examine the protection of minors provisions of the FIFA Regulations on the...

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