FIFA approved this Friday a modification in its regulations on the rules of eligibility of footballers to compete for a second team that allow the change to those who have played a maximum of three times for the first before reaching the age of 21, including qualifying matches .
The regulations, which modernize its principles, according to FIFA, dictate that the last participation with the first team should have been three years before and does not allow the change to those who have represented their country in competitions such as the World Cup.
It also indicates that the player who, due to his nationality, is eligible for more than one federation may only defend one of them in an international match if, in addition to possessing the nationality in question, he meets at least one of the following conditions:
Be born in the territory of the federation; that one of their biological parents or one of their grandparents was born in the territory of the federation or have lived for at least five continuous years in the territory of the federation.
Associations sharing the same nationality may reach specific agreements between them, which must be submitted to the FIFA Council for approval.
Players who adopt a new nationality and who have not played an international match will be eligible to play for the teams of the new federation if they meet one of the following conditions:
Be born in the territory of the federation; that one of her biological parents or one of her grandparents was born in the territory of the federation or who has lived in the territory of the federation only once the change.
The time required in the latter case will be at least three years for players who began to live in that territory before their 10th birthday and at least five years for those who began to live in that territory between the ages of 10 and 18. or those who did it after turning 18 years old.
The new regulations also contemplate the eligibility conditions for stateless persons and those that a player must meet to request a one-time change of federation for which they are eligible with the federation of another country with which they have nationality.
The Congress also approved modifying its internal regulations regarding the holding of congresses in order to be able to do them electronically like this Friday. The next one, which will be the 71st, is scheduled for next year in Tokyo to coincide with the centenary of the Japanese Federation.