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Football Debt Recovery


Sadly, every season players leave clubs without paying their debts.

The Football Debt Recovery system is in place to try and help clubs and leagues recover any debts they have paid which were incurred by a player or players who are refusing to repay these debts to the club. The London FA will help to recover these debts on behalf of the affiliated clubs or sanctioned leagues. The FDR system may also be used in a case where a club has folded whilst still owing money to the London FA - in this instance, the debt will be split amongst the remaining registered members and officers. 

As described under FA Regulations, football debts are defined as those where actual monies have been expended arising from football activity and as such would include:

Match costs (e.g. match fees)

- Fines from discipline cases

- Playing expenses (e.g. pitch hire)

- League costs (e.g. repairs to cups)

The following are not considered to be football debts:

- Club subscriptions

- Fund raising activities

- League fines

- Kit and equipment

- End of season trip costs

There are strict timelines and criteria under which football debts can be chased and we're unable to deal with any debts that do not conform with FA regulations. We therefore recommend that all Clubs familiarise themselves with the procedures.

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Football Development Team