International Opposition


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Playing international opposition is a superb way for your team to embrace other cultures and playing styles but there are guidelines and rules imposed so make sure you read the below thoroughly before playing.

If your club wishes to go on tour, or take part in a tournament abroad, the regulations set out by The Football Association are ones which you will need to follow. These also apply if you wish to host a tournament involving teams from other countries or play a match against a touring side.

Permission is not needed for one-off matches against teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales although documentation is required for matches against teams from the Republic of Ireland and other FIFA countries.
In addition, an application to participate in a match or a series of matches against members of another National Association involving players of school age shall be required to demonstrate that all such players have received the necessary permission from their head teacher before The Association will give consent.
To play one or more matches against foreign opposition, whether at home or abroad, clubs must send an application form to The Football Association at least 28 days in advance, although we recommend you apply as early as possible.

Please click here to download and complete the form at your earliest convenience.

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