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Rules and Regulations

matches against Foreign Opposition

Hoping to go on a club tour abroad this season? Or perhaps you're looking to test yourself against foreign opposition on your own patch? Before you do either, you need to get approval from The FA.

Permission isn't needed if you're playing a one-off match against teams from Scotland, Northern Island or Wales, although it is required for matches against teams from the Republic of Ireland and other FIFA countries.

The approval process is simple, just fill in the form below and return it to us via email -

International Clearance for players

If you're looking to register a player over the age of 10 that has previously been registered for a club abroad (including the other Home Associations), or who is a foreign national seeking to register in England for the first time, they must first receive international clearance.   

International clearance is applicable at all levels of the game and it is the club's responsibility to find out from the player whether clearance may or may not be required. 

If you think you may need to apply for clearance, or have any questions, contact us for guidance.

Goalpost Guidance

Do you know what size goalposts your team should be using in competitive matches? Are you up-to-date on the latest guidance around goalpost safety?

Check out this handy FA guide on goalpost size and safety.


Need to get your club's Tournament or Charity Match sanctioned? Don't worry, it's easy - just follow these simple steps:

  • Complete and return our event sanction form (at least 14 days prior to your event)
  • Send a copy of your event rules
  • Pay your sanction fee (invoice raised via Whole Game System)
  • Double check you've submmitted all your completed forms
  • Relax and wait for confirmation from us that your event has been sanctioned and is good to go!

Once sanctioned, you'll also benefit from:

  • Use of London FA referees
  • Guidance on the rules and regulations of your tournament 
  • Public liability insurance
Fair play on & off the pitch

Rules and Regulations

FA Rules and Regulations ensure fair play in the grassroots game, both on and off the pitch. Find information about the following areas here.

  • Laws of the Game
  • Discipline
  • Safeguarding & Welfare
  • Inclusion