Chapter 9 International
The organisation of international competitions among
teams representing national associations must be approved by the Executive
Committee of the Federation.
The organisation of such competitions, the rules of
which must be approved by the Federation, may be left to or delegated to the
confederations. These rules must contain provisions regarding disciplinary
action and the levy due to the Federation in accordance with Art. 52 of these
International competitions among club teams and/or
teams representing leagues must be approved by the Executive Committee of the
Federation, which may leave or delegate its responsibilities to the
confederations. The latter shall be responsible for ensuring that such
competitions do not conflict with national competitions of affiliated
The authorisation of the Executive Committee of the
Federation is necessary for matches between representative teams of
confederations (such as selected teams, champion teams) and representative
teams or club teams of another confederation. Such matches may not assume the
status of a competition or championship without special permission from the
Executive Committee of the Federation.
International matches organised between representative
teams of national associations must be notified to the secretariat of the
Federation, once the date has been fixed.
The venue of the final round of competitions organised
by the Federation shall be designated by the Executive Committee so that the
contests shall not be staged on the same continent on two successive
occasions. Furthermore, the national associations selected must be in a
position to guarantee that the competition will be organised in accordance
with the sports rules and financial regulations governing it.
The regulations for the FIFA World Cup competitions
must provide for a certain amount of the entire gross receipts to be reserved
for development purposes. They shall regulate the method of payment and
Affiliated associations and their clubs shall not be
permitted to play matches or entertain other sports contacts with associations
which are not affiliated to FIFA or with clubs belonging to them, without the
Affiliated national associations and their clubs shall
not be permitted to play matches against teams consisting of players who do
not belong to a club or league affiliated to a national association.
National associations shall not be allowed to form
groups without special permission from the Federation.
Members of the Federation may not play matches on the
territory of another national association without the consent of the latter.
Associations, leagues or clubs established within the
territory of a national association affiliated to the Federation shall not be
permitted to become members of another national association without the
approval of the Federation and the national association in whose territory
they were founded.
Associations, leagues or clubs established within a
territory or country where there is no association affiliated to the
Federation shall not be permitted to become members of a national association
in another country without the consent of the Federation.
A club domiciled on the territory of any one
association shall not be permitted to play in competitions on the territory of
another association on a regular basis. Exceptions to this ruling may be made
by the Federation only if extraordinary circumstances (e.g. a transborder
geographic region) justify such an exception and only if the two associations
concerned have given their consent.
Chapter 10 Suspensions and
associations shall recognise each other’s suspensions and expulsions.
The Federation is
bound by this article.
however, be made in respect of
* the special
regulations governing the transfer of players
* a suspension or expulsion imposed by a
national association or a confederation on a member of a committee or
sub-committee of FIFA.
A national association which is involved in a dispute
with the confederation of which it is a member may appeal at any time to the
Federation to intervene.
Regulations Governing the
Application of Statutes
Chapter II. Definition,
announcement and registration of matches
International football matches recognised by the
Federation shall be those between two national associations affiliated to the
Federation and for which each association fields a representative national
An international “A” match shall be a match that
has been arranged between two national associations affiliated to the
Federation and for which both associations field their first national
The terms used to define a match shall be those
recognised as giving an appropriate political and geographical description of
the countries or territories in the national associations whose teams are
involved in the match and over which countries or territories they have sole
control and jurisdiction.
If a national association allows one of its leagues to
choose a team which bears the name of its country, the match shall be
considered an international match as described in the aforementioned §1.
An interclub match shall be a match played between two
clubs. Although the clubs may belong to different national associations, such
a match shall not be recognised as an international match (cf. Art. 4 §1).
An interleague match shall be a match played between
two leagues. Although the leagues may belong to different national
associations, such a match shall not be recognised as an international match
(cf. Art. 4 §1), subject to the provision of Art. 4 §4 above.
Every international “A” match (cf. Art. 4 §2)
including friendly matches and those played in tournaments or in games
comprising football shall be made known to the Federation’s general
secretariat by the national associations organising them within 14 days of
their being agreed upon. In any case, such notification must reach the
Federation at least 48 hours before the planned date of the match.
Failure to give notification of a match within this
prescribed period shall incur a fine of SFr. 1,000 to be paid to the
Federation. Failure to provide any notification whatsoever shall incur a fine
of SFr. 2,000. These fines shall be paid within 10 days of receipt of the
The secretary of the national association on whose
territory the match is being played shall, within 14 days of each
international “A” match, notify the Federation’s general secretariat of
the result of the match, the surnames and first names of the referee and
assistant referees who officiated and the surnames, first names and status of
the players and substitutes of each team, using the official form for this
purpose. This form shall be filled in completely and signed.
If the aforementioned form is sent in belatedly, a
fine of SFr. 100 shall be paid to the Federation. If the form is not sent in
at all, the amount of the fine due shall be SFr. 1,000, payable within 10 days
of receipt of the Federation’s decision. In case of repeated dilatoriness
the amount of the fine may be increased by the Executive Committee.
Every international “A” match (cf. Art. 4 §2)
shall be recorded with its results on an official list kept up to date by the
Such a match shall, however, not be registered on the
official list of international matches involving two affiliated national
associations if either of the associations so desires and informs the
Federation and the other association to this effect at least 48 hours before
the match takes place. The levy due to the Federation for international
“A” matches in virtue of Art. 52 §1 of the FIFA Statutes must still be
paid in such a case.
Chapter IV. Tournaments
All tournaments involving more than two local or
national teams (clubs or representative teams) which belong to different
national associations must be authorised by the confederation on whose
territory the tournament is planned.
If any of the teams involved belong to different
confederations, the authorisation of FIFA is required.
The request for authorisation shall be submitted by
the national association on whose territory the tournament is planned at least
two months before the earliest of the proposed dates.
The request for authorisation shall be accompanied by
a list of the teams who are planning to take part in the tournament and the
tournament regulations drawn up by the organising body.
If a tournament is played on the territory of a
national association without prior permission, the national association in
question shall be sanctioned in compliance with the disciplinary regulations
of the confederation concerned and, if necessary, by FIFA.
Chapter V. Financial
The levy to be paid to the Federation for each match
played between two national ‘A’ teams (cf. Art. 52 §1 of the FIFA
Statutes), including the matches played in tournaments or in games comprising
football (except for junior tournaments) shall amount to 2% (two per cent).
The amount shall be based on the gross receipts
(ticket sales, advertising rights, rights for television and radio broadcasts,
and film and video rights etc.) derived from matches subject to levies.
The only deductions that may be made from the gross
income are state or local taxes actually paid (but not bank charges or
differences in exchange rates) and any charges for the hire of the stadium.
The total amount deducted shall not exceed 30% of the entire gross income.
National associations affiliated to a recognised
confederation are governed by the provisions of §1 of this article subject to
the following conditions:
the levy due to the Federation in respect of matches
played on the territory of a confederation between national associations
belonging to that confederation is only 1%, the remaining 1% being payable
directly to the confederation involved;
the 2% levy due in respect of matches played between
national associations affiliated to different confederations, on the territory
of one of these confederations, is payable to the Federation, which will
retrocede ˝% to each of the confederations involved.
For each match
subject to a levy a detailed statement of account shall be drawn up by the
national association of the country in which the match has been played.
This statement shall contain all the requisite
figures reflecting the entire income and any taxes or charges deducted therefrom (cf. Art. 11 §3).
The statement of
account and the amount due from the levy shall be sent to the Federation
within 60 days of the date the match was held.
Failure to conform with these requirements shall be
punished with one of the sanctions provided for under Art. 44 of the FIFA
Whatever the financial outcome of the match, the
minimum contribution to be paid to FIFA is SFr. 500 (cf. Art. 52 §2 of the