International clearance is required by all players moving across borders to play football. It applies to all players of 10 years of age and over.
Please be vigilant when registering players. If you think they have played abroad they will need clearance back before they can play in England ("Abroad" even applies to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).
Make sure you ask your players if they have played outside of England before you register them. If they have you will need to contact The FA Registrations Department. They will do their utmost to get the player cleared for you as soon as possible.
Please note that it is not possible to get clearances immediately. The FA has to deal with dozens of foreign Associations and sometimes the process is slow. Please also remember the time differences in some countries, especially America and Australia.
Clubs seeking International Clearance should make a request in writing to The FA Registrations Department:
Fax: 08449 800663
Clubs and players may be required to complete an application form which is available from The FA Registrations' Department or online. A separate form is also required for applications from the United States.