> 71. Inducements and Approaches
> 70. Disputes and Appeals
> 69. Professional Football Compensation Committee
> 68. Avoidance and Evasion of Transfer Fees and/or Compensation Fees
> 67. Players Over 24
> 66. List of Players
> 65. Compensation Fee for Players out of Contract
> 64. Transfers After Expiry of Contract
> 63. Clubs Ceasing to be Members
> 62. Approaches by Clubs
> 61. Minimum Wages
> 60. Conditions of Contract
> 59. Monthly/Multiplicity Registrations
> 58. Youth Development Rules
> 57. Termination of Registration of Non?contract Player
> 56. Registration of Non?contract Players
> 55. Medical Insurance and Medical Records
> 54. Emergency Loan of Goalkeepers.
> 53. Standard, Emergency and Youth Loans
> 52. Temporary Loan Transfers
> 51. Non?payment to Players
> 50. Fees Payable on Appearances etc
> 49. Transfer/Compensation Fees ? Method of Payment
> 48. Prohibition of Third Party Investment
> 47. Agents
> 46. Conditions of Transfer
> 45. General Provisions Relating to Player Transfers
> 44. Registration Forms
> 43. Types of Registration
> 42. Breach of Conditions of Registration
> 41. Registration of Players
This Section 6 (first passed by Clubs at an Extraordinary General Meeting held on the 4 August 2005 and amended on 8 December 2005, 7th June 2006, 8th June 2007 and 11th June 2008) to the Regulations of The Football League shall apply with effect from Season 2008/9 and thereafter unless terminated by a resolution of the Clubs to change the Regulations in General Meeting in accordance with the Articles of Association (the 'Period').
This Section implements, for the Period, Regulations binding on Football League Member Clubs which will support the principles set out in Article 6 of the Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players ('FIFA Regulations') adopted by FIFA's Executive Committee on the 18 December 2004.
On the passing of a resolution as aforesaid terminating the Period, Section 6 of the Regulations in force as at 30 June 2005 shall apply with such amendments as have been passed in the intervening period which do not relate to the FIFA Regulations.
The implementation of these Regulations is on a without prejudice basis to any possible claims The League has regarding the enforceability of the FIFA Regulations generally.
41 Registration of Players
41.1 A Registered Player is one who has signed an appropriate registration form or forms and/or contract (such signature to be witnessed by a second person) and whose registration has been approved by The League. No Player may play in any competition organised by The League unless and until his registration has been so approved. Notwithstanding the foregoing, only those Academy Players over the age of 15 years on 1st September in any given Season may play football for a Club's first team in that Season, and then may only do so with the written permission of his school's head teacher and the approval of the Executive. It shall be the responsibility of all Clubs playing in any competition organised by The League to ensure that all Players are so registered. Failure to do so constitutes misconduct. An additional copy of the appropriate registration papers shall at the same time as a copy is despatched to The League be despatched to The Football Association.
41.2 Subject to Regulations 41.4 and 41.5, a Player will only be eligible to play in a match organised by The League if the appropriate forms for his registration or the transfer of his registration (other than those referred to in Regulation 41.3) are received (including by facsimile) and found to be in order by the Executive by 12.00 noon on the day prior to the date of such match.
41.3 Subject to Regulations 41.4 and 41.5, a Player will only be eligible to play in a match organised by The League if the appropriate forms for his Standard Loan, Emergency Loan, Youth Loan or Emergency Loan of a goalkeeper transfer are received (including by facsimile) and found to be in order by the Executive:
41.3.1 in respect of any fixture played on a weekday when the Office is normally open, at least three hours before the match; or
41.3.2 in respect of any other fixture:
(a) 12 noon on the day of the match; or
(b) at least three hours before the match,
whichever is the earlier.
41.4 After the expiry of each Transfer Window in each Season registrations of new players and transfers of registrations will, except as permitted in Regulations 53.2.8, 53.3 and 54, be declined or will only be approved
41.4.1 where the Player is an Unemployed Player (subject always to the provisions of Regulation 41.5);
41.4.2 where the Player was last registered as a Scholar or Academy Player; and/or
41.4.3 as agreed by the Board on a case by case basis where the Player was last registered with a Club (or club) which has ceased to trade, including during the Closed Period.
41.5 After 5.00pm on the fourth Thursday in March in each Season any Players registered with a Club will not be eligible to play in any match organised by The League, except as permitted in Regulation 54.
41.6 In this Section 6, the words in bold below shall have the following meanings:
41.6.1 'Closed Period' shall mean that part of the Season that is not a Transfer Window.
41.6.2 'Transfer Window' shall mean either:
(a) the period commencing at midnight on the last day of the immediately preceding Season (and for the purposes of this Regulation 41.6.2(a) only, those Clubs participating in Play-off matches shall be regarded as having completed their Season notwithstanding their participation in such Play-off matches, but this exception is subject always to Regulation 41.5) and ending at midnight on the 31 August next following; or
(b) the period commencing at midnight on the 31 December and ending at midnight on the 31 January next following,
PROVIDED ALWAYS that the Board shall have the discretion to amend the time and/or date upon which each of the above periods shall be deemed to end after consultation with The Premier League and Football Association in so far as is necessary to ensure that the Transfer Windows for both The League and The Premier League are the same.
41.6.3 'Unemployed Player' shall mean any Player who:
(a) has not at any time been registered with:
(i) a Member Club;
(ii) a club that is participating in The Football Conference (National Division) or The Premier League; and/or
(iii) any other association football club in a country other than England,
(b) if he has been registered with any of the clubs listed in paragraph (a) above, his registration has expired at any time prior to the end of a Transfer Window and he has not since been registered with any such club.
42 Breach of Conditions of Registration
42.1 Failure to comply with any of the conditions relating to a registration will render the Player ineligible to play for the Club concerned as not being a Registered Player.
42.2 Any Club playing an unregistered Player in a League Match may have three points deducted from its score and/or be liable to such other penalty as the Board may decide.
42.3 Any Club playing, in a match under the auspices of The League, a Player who is under suspension by The Football Association may have three points deducted from its score and/or be liable to such other penalty as the Board may decide.
43 Types of Registration
43.1 The following types of registration are permitted by The League:
Full Contract Regulation 60
Non-Contract Regulations 56 and 57
Multiple Monthly Regulation 59
Standard Loan Regulation 53.1
Emergency Loan Regulation 53.3
Youth Loan Regulation 53.3
Emergency Loan of Goalkeeper Regulation 54
Academies Regulation 58
Scholarship Scheme Regulation 58
43.2 The documents of registration and of transfer of registration of a Player must be in the forms prescribed and issued by The League and not otherwise.
43.3 A copy of those parts of these Regulations which are applicable must be handed to the Player at the time of signing.
43.4 No Club, Official, Player or Agent (or their respective employees or agents) shall make or offer to make any payment whatsoever in cash or in kind to Players or their families or any other person as an inducement to sign other than those provided for in these Regulations. Any Club, Official, Player or Agent in breach of this Regulation shall be guilty of misconduct.
43.5 Any Club which is in breach of this Regulation shall be liable to expulsion by the passing of a special resolution to that effect at any Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting of The League. A Club shall have no right of appeal against such special resolution.
43.6 Any Player or Official shall have the right of appeal in accordance with The Football Association Rules and such appeal shall be heard in the manner provided by those Rules.
44 Registration Forms
44.1 In order to register a Player the prescribed contract, registration form and/or transfer form signed on behalf of the Club by either the Chairman or Manager or club secretary or any duly appointed signatory must be sent to the Secretary at the Office within five days of the Player's signature together with, in the case of a Player signed from a national association other than the Football Association, confirmation from the Football Association that an international transfer certificate has been issued in respect of the Player, and approved by the Secretary. The receipt by the registering Club of confirmation of registration shall determine the eligibility of the Player to play in League Matches.
44.2 In addition to the forms and documents specifically required by these Regulations, a Club shall submit to the Secretary:
44.2.1 any contract it proposes to enter into which gives the Club or any other party to the proposed contract any rights relating to the transfer of the registration of a player at a date in the future from or to the Club or any rights relating to the employment of the player by the Club; or
44.2.2 any contract it proposes to enter into (save for a Representation Contract with an Agent) which gives the Club or any other party to the proposed contract the right to receive payments in respect of a Player.
Any such proposed contract shall be subject to the approval of the Board. In deciding whether to give such approval the Board shall have regard to (without limitation) Section 9 of these Regulations.
44.3 Any Contract Player whose registration is cancelled or who is released by his Club on the grounds of permanent disability shall not be registered for any other Club without the prior consent of the Club which last held his registration. Any Contract Player who has received the Permanent Total Disablement Payment from the Personal Accident Insurance Scheme shall not be registered for any Club except in exceptional circumstances with the consent of the Board.
45 General Provisions Relating to Player Transfers
45.1 Transfers within The League and with The Premier League. All Transfers of registration of Contract Players whether between two League Clubs or to or from a Premier League club shall be dealt with by The League in the manner hereinafter specified in the following Regulations. In such Regulations and elsewhere in this Section 6 where reference is made to transfers between Clubs, unless the context otherwise requires, references to a Club or Clubs shall be taken to include reference to Premier League clubs.
45.2 Transfers of a Contract Player whilst under Contract. During the currency of a contract of a Contract Player the transfer of his registration from Transferor Club to a Transferee Club must be by writing on the prescribed form in which shall be set out full particulars of all financial and other arrangements agreed between the Transferor Club and the Transferee Club and which shall be signed by a properly authorised Official of each of the two Clubs concerned and forwarded to the Secretary for approval and registration together with a copy of the Contract of Service (as defined in Regulation 60.2) with the Transferee Club. The Transferee Club must comply with Regulation 48. Such Contract Player does not become a Registered Player of the Transferee Club seeking his transfer until the Club has received from the Secretary a certificate of registration. The registration of a Contract Player released by his Club or by the Board shall be automatically cancelled, without prejudice to the retention of compensation rights where permitted by these Regulations. In the case of a Player whose registration is cancelled for any reason whatsoever the Club must notify the Secretary immediately in writing. It is the responsibility of the Club seeking the transfer of a Player to have satisfied itself as to the Player's fitness.
45.3 Transfer of a Non Contract Player. A Non Contract Player is transferred by cancelling his registration form and by re registration by his new Club. Any cancellation of a Non Contract Player's registration must be notified to him in writing within seven days and the Secretary similarly informed.
45.4 Retention of registration. Clubs shall not transfer The Football Association registration whilst retaining The Football League registration of any Player without informing the Secretary.
45.5 A Player whose registration is permanently transferred by a Club, or whose registration is cancelled for the purpose of joining any other Club, shall not subsequently be re-registered for the original Club within a period of twelve months from the date he left that Club, except with the prior consent of the Executive. However, a Player whose registration is permanently transferred may return to his original Club (provided that Club is a Member Club) within twelve months on either a Standard Loan or Emergency Loan transfer in accordance with the provisions of Regulations 52 to 54 provided the circumstances of such an arrangement receives the prior written approval of the Executive, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld.
46 Conditions of Transfer
46.1 The terms and conditions of all transfers of registration including a copy of the agreement referred to in Regulation 45.2 must be forthwith submitted to the Secretary. Similar details must be received in respect of all Players signed for a fee from abroad. All transfer arrangements in respect of Contract Players are subject to the approval of the Board. Transfers shall not be registered until the Secretary is satisfied that any Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee due at the time of registration has been paid or its payment adequately secured.
46.2 Subject to Regulation 50.1, Transfer Fees, Compensation Fees and Loan Fees shall be treated as private and confidential.
47.1 Clubs shall themselves comply with, and shall procure that directors, Officials, employees (including, for the avoidance of doubt, Players) and Agents of the Club comply with the Football Association Football Agents Regulations from time to time.
47.2 When applying to register any Player a Club shall, at the same time and in addition to the documents required to be lodged in accordance with Regulation 44.1, send to the Secretary at the Office in writing the following information:
47.2.1 whether the registering Club (and, where applicable, the Club (if it is a Member Club) that last held the Player's registration (the 'Player's Former Club')) used the services of an Agent(s) and, if any, the identity of any Agent(s);
47.2.2 whether the Player used the services of an Agent(s) and, if any, the identity of that Agent(s);
47.2.3 confirmation as to all amounts paid, either directly or indirectly, by either the registering Club or the Player's Former Club (if it is a Member Club) to any Agent(s) acting in respect of the matter; and
47.2.4 whether either the registering Club or the Player's Former Club (if it is a Member Club) has or is intending to reimburse the Player and or the other Club in respect of any Agents fees paid by or which are the responsibility of the Player or the other Club.
47.3 No confirmation of registration will be issued until such time as the information required under this Regulation 47 has been provided to the satisfaction of the Executive.
47.4 All information required to be disclosed in accordance with this Regulation shall be submitted in the form prescribed by The League's Executive from time to time. That form must be signed:
47.4.1 by the Player; and
47.4.2 by or on behalf of both the registering Club and, where applicable, the Player's Former Club (if it is a Member Club) by their respective Chairman, Club Secretary or any other duly appointed signatory.
47.5 The League shall be authorised to publish details of all fees paid by a Member Club either directly or indirectly to Agents as disclosed in accordance with this Regulation 47.
47.6 Failure on the part of any Club, Official or Player to comply with the provisions of this Regulation 47 or to provide false information to The League shall constitute misconduct.
48 Prohibition of Third Party Investment
48.1 Unless otherwise agreed by the Board and subject to Regulation 48.2, a Club may only make or receive a payment or incur any liability as a result of or in connection with the proposed or actual registration (whether permanent or temporary), transfer of registration or employment by it of a Player in the following circumstances:
48.1.1 by payment to a Transferor Club or receipt from a Transferee Club of a Compensation Fee, Loan Fee, Transfer Fee, sell-on fee arrangement (provided the effect of such arrangement does not entitle any Previous Club (as that term is defined in Regulation 50) to an amount greater than the amount equal to 50% of any excess Compensation Fee, Loan Fee or Transfer Fee) and/or any other subsequent payments which become due under the terms of any transfer;
48.1.2 by payment of levy pursuant to Regulations 49.2.8, 49.2.9 or 49.2.11;
48.1.3 by receipt of all or part of a Compensation Fee, Loan Fee, Transfer Fee, sell-on fee and/or any other subsequent payments which become due under the terms of any transfer, in default of payment of it by the Transferee Club from which it is due, from:
(a) a Financial Institution or other guarantor; or
(b) the League in accordance with the provisions of these Regulations; or
(c) the Premier League in accordance with the provisions of the Rules of the Premier League; 48.1.4 by way of remuneration (including benefits in cash or kind and Image Contract Payments) to or for the benefit of a Contract Player whose registration it holds;
48.1.5 by way of an allowance permitted by Youth Development Rule 81, to a Scholar with whom it has entered into a Scholarship Agreement;
48.1.6 by way of payment to an 'Authorised Agent' or 'Exempt Solicitor' for 'Agency Activity', in each case as those terms are defined in the Football Association Football Agents' Regulations, and provided that such payment is made in accordance with those Regulations;
48.1.7 by payment of incidental expenses arising in respect thereof;
48.1.8 by payment or receipt of training compensation or solidarity payment pursuant to the FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players and any other levies or payments payable to or by a Club pursuant to the statutes or regulations of FIFA or any other football governing body from time to time, or otherwise properly due to or from such a governing body;
48.1.9 by payment of Value Added Tax payable in respect of any of the above payments or liabilities; and
48.1.10 in the case of a Transferor Club, by assignment of its entitlement to a Compensation Fee, Transfer Fee or Loan Fee to a Financial Institution.
48.2 In respect of a player whom it applies to register as a Contract Player, a Club is permitted to make a payment to buy out the interest of a person or entity who, not being a Club or club, nevertheless has an agreement either with the club with which the player is registered, or with the player, granting it the right to receive money from a new Club or club for which that player becomes registered. Any such payment which is not dependent on the happening of a contingent event may be made either in one lump sum or in instalments provided that all such instalments are paid on or before the expiry date of the initial contract between the Club and the player. Any such payment which is payable upon the happening of a contingent event shall be payable within 7 days of the happening of that event.
49 Transfer/Compensation Fees - Method of Payment
49.1 All Transfer Fees, Compensation Fees and instalments thereof and any subsequent payments which become due under the terms of the original transfer shall be paid direct to The League for immediate onward transmission, where appropriate, to the Transferor Club. Prior to such onward transmission they shall not be paid into the Pool Account but held in a separate Transfer Fee Account.
49.2 The following provisions shall apply in relation to Transfer Fees, Compensation Fees and instalments thereof and any subsequent payments which become due under the terms of the original transfer:
49.2.1 A percentage of the Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee negotiated between the Clubs, plus VAT at the appropriate rate on the total fee shall be paid to The League, by means of telegraphic transfer or by such other means as the Board may prescribe, before any transfer may be registered. Any balance outstanding must be paid to The League in accordance with the financial agreement within the negotiated timescale agreed between the Clubs. The Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee must be paid within the period of the Player's contract with the Transferee Club. In the event of the Player's registration being transferred or cancelled prior to such payments being completed, the balance outstanding becomes payable immediately and any amount paid into the Transfer Fee Account which is due to the original Transferee Club in respect of the onward transfer will be used first to reduce the balance owed to the original Transferor Club.
49.2.2 When a Transferee Club signs a Player under the provisions of Regulation 64 and an agreement is not reached on the amount of compensation payable, the Transferee Club must immediately pay to The League a deposit of not less than 50% of the Compensation Fee offered. Within 48 hours of the Compensation Fee being determined the Transferee Club must pay any balance of the 50% to The League.
49.2.3 If a Club is in default of payments due to another Club under a transfer or compensation agreement the Board shall place an embargo on the registration of transfers by such defaulting Club until such time as the agreement is honoured. The Board shall also apply any Transfer Fee and/or Compensation Fee proceeds received for transmission to the defaulting Club, together with any payment of monies which would otherwise be payable to the defaulting Club, in settlement of the defaulting Club's overdue Transfer Fee and/or Compensation Fee commitments to any other Club or Clubs pro-rata.
49.2.4 If a Club is in default of any Transfer Fee and/or Compensation Fee and any subsequent payments which become due under the terms of the original transfer to another Club, the defaulting Club shall pay interest to the other Club at the rate of 5 per cent per annum over Barclays Bank base rate in force from time to time calculated on a daily basis, on the outstanding sum from the due date to the actual date of payment to the other Club. For avoidance of doubt, where any transfer agreement includes a provision for any payment to be made on a day other than a Normal Working Day then, unless otherwise expressly stated to the contrary in that transfer agreement, the payment shall be deemed to fall due to the Transferor Club on the immediately preceding Normal Working Day and the Transferor Club shall be entitled to claim payment on that date.
49.2.5 In the event of such default, in addition and without prejudice to the provisions of Regulations 49.2.3 and 49.2.4, the Executive shall have the power to impose a fixed fine under Regulation 78 or refer the matter to the Football Disciplinary Commission to impose such penalties upon the defaulting Club by way of reprimand, fine whether fixed or otherwise, embargo on registrations, deduction of points, suspension, or other penalty as they may think fit under the circumstances. Such Club may also be expelled pursuant to a special resolution passed at any Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting of The League. There shall be no appeal against the passing of such a special resolution.
49.2.6 Any Club which owes Transfer Fee and/or Compensation Fee monies to a Club which joins The Football Conference on losing Football League status under the provisions of Regulation 10 or joins The Premier League must continue to pay the monies due via The League or face such penalty or penalties as described in Regulations 49.2.3, 49.2.4 and 49.2.5 above. This provision will continue to apply to transfer/compensation agreements if the receiving Club loses Football League status but in the case of a receiving Club joining The Football Conference, this provision will cease to have effect 12 months from such date.
49.2.7 An agreement for an international transfer shall provide that the Transfer Fee and/or Compensation Fee, instalments thereof and any subsequent payments payable to the Transferor Club shall be paid (together with any Value Added Tax payable in respect thereof) to the Football Association by telegraphic transfer (or by such other means as the Board may from time to time direct) for payment to the Transferor Club in accordance with Football Association Rules.
49.2.8 When the registration of a Contract Player is transferred whether during the period of his contract or after the expiry of his contract the Transferee Club shall pay to The League a levy equal to 5% of the Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee as applicable. Such levy shall be paid to The League at the same time as the payment to be made pursuant to Regulation 49.2.1 (or 49.2.2) and shall comprise 5% of the whole of the Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee payable. Such levy shall not be deductible from the Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee. A Club shall also pay a levy equal to 5% of any transfer fee or compensation fee in respect of any:
(a) player signed from abroad as a Contract Player (other than in respect of any element of the fee which relates to Training Compensation which would otherwise have been payable under Article 20 of the FIFA Regulations, if any);
(b) player signed from The Premier League, The Scottish Premier League, The Scottish Football League, The Irish Football League and FAI National League as a Contract Player;
(c) payment made in accordance with Regulation 48.2; and
(d) any additional payment(s) made under the terms of any of the foregoing.
49.2.9 Football League Clubs transferring a Player to a club in membership of The Premier League shall ensure that a levy equal to 5% of the Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee is added to the Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee and paid by the Transferee Club. The Football League Club shall account forthwith to The League for such 5% levy.
49.2.10 The proceeds of the levy less the expenses of The League, will be used to finance the benefit plan for Players. Should the proceeds exceed the premium payable to the pension plan in any year the surplus will be added to the Professional Game Youth Fund (being the fund which makes payment of grants to those Clubs (and clubs) operating Academies in accordance with the Youth Development Rules).
49.2.11 In addition to the levy specified in Regulations 49.2.8 and 49.2.9, The League shall deduct from each Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee received by it a levy equal to 5% of such Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee. All deductions will be paid to and administered by The Football Foundation in accordance with arrangements agreed between The League and the Foundation from time to time. These provisions shall not apply to any Club whose ground meets the requirements of Lord Justice Taylor's Report as amended by subsequent legislation or as agreed between The League and The Football Foundation.
49.2.12 The Board shall have the power to reduce the levy payable by Clubs in accordance with Regulations 49.2.8 and 49.2.9 from 5% to 4% by written notice to Clubs. Regulation 2 shall not apply to any such notification.
49.2.13 With effect from 1st September 2011, and for so long as the Board has (in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 49.2.12) implemented a reduction in the levy payable in accordance with Regulation 49.2.8 (but not, for the avoidance of doubt, Regulation 49.2.9) from 5% to 4% then the Transferee Club shall pay to The League an additional 1% of the Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee as applicable (calculated in the same manner as set out in Regulation 49.2.8) ('Youth Development Levy'). The Youth Development Levy shall be paid to The League at the same time as the payment to be made pursuant to Regulation 49.2.1 (or 49.2.2). The Youth Development Levy shall not be deductible from the Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee. For the avoidance of doubt, the Youth Development Levy shall also be paid by the Transferee Club in respect of Players signed from abroad, and in respect of Players signed from The Premier League, The Scottish Premier League, The Scottish Football League, The Irish Football League and FAI National League. The Youth Development Levy shall also be paid in respect of any additional payment made under the terms of any transfer/compensation agreement. The proceeds of the Youth Development Levy shall be paid to The Football League Trust Limited for allocation (on such terms as The Football League Trust Limited may determine) between those Clubs meeting the requirements of the Youth Development Rules promulgated in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 59.
49.3 All payments under this Regulation shall be paid to The League's Transfer Fee Account by telegraphic transfer or by such other means as the Executive may prescribe.
49.4 In all such cases of Transfer Fees, Compensation Fee and any subsequent payments which become due under the terms of the original transfer the Transferor Club shall submit to the Club a VAT invoice within 7 days of such payment becoming due.
49.5 If a Transferor Club assigns its entitlement to a Transfer Fee, Compensation Fee or Loan Fee instalment pursuant to Regulation 48.1.10:
49.5.1 it shall procure by means of a legally enforceable agreement that monies payable by virtue of the assignment are paid into the Transfer Fee Account by the assignee; and
49.5.2 it shall irrevocably and unconditionally instruct the Transferee Club to pay such monies to the assignee upon their becoming due.
50 Fees Payable on Appearances etc
50.1 A Transferor Club shall within 7 days of the date of such transfer provide to any previous Club(s) (and or Premier League Club(s)) with which that Player was registered and which has a right to a sell-on as part of the Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee in respect of any transfer of that Player (in this each a Regulation the 'Previous Club(s)') full details of all amounts paid or due to be paid to the Transferor Club. A Previous Club shall not at any time disclose or divulge either directly or indirectly any information provided to it to any third party without the prior written consent of the Transferor Club save to statutory and regulatory authorities or as may be required by law or to its auditors.
50.2 Where, on the transfer of a Player, provision is made for the payment of further sums on the happening of certain specified events (e.g. after the Player has made a certain number of First Team appearances) it shall be the duty of the Transferee Club to inform both The League and the Transferor Club that the specified events have happened. Unless otherwise specified in the written agreement between the two Clubs, the Transferee Club shall pay to The League within 14 days of the specified events happening the sums of money then due both to the Transferor Club and to The League. The League shall forthwith on receipt of such sums pay the amount due to the Transferor Club.
50.3 In the case of an International Transfer the Transferee Club shall inform the Transferor Club in writing that the specified events have happened and within 14 days pay such sums due in accordance with Regulation 49.2.7.
51 Non-payment to Players
51.1 If following written notification from the Professional Footballers' Association, a Club is found to be in default of any payment due in accordance with a Player's contract or payment in consequence of termination of such Contract, the Board may place an embargo on any transfer of any registration by such Club until the payment is made.
52 Temporary Loan Transfers
52.1 The temporary loan transfer of the registration of a Contract Player (and, in the case of Youth Loans only, a Scholar as permitted by Regulation 53.3.6) shall only be approved for a defined period (which must begin and end within the period of the Player's registration with the loaning Club (or club)) and is subject to the conditions of such temporary loan transfer being known to the Player and approved by the Board prior to registration with The League. Temporary loan transfers shall only be accepted on the prescribed form a copy of which shall also be supplied to The Football Association. The provisions of Regulation 45 shall not apply to such transfers.
52.2 There shall be four categories of temporary loan transfers allowed - Standard Loans, International Loans, Emergency Loans and Youth Loans. The following restrictions shall apply to each type of loan:
52.2.1 A maximum of 5 loan Players (Standard, International, Emergency or Youth) can be named in the Players listed on a team sheet for any individual match played under the auspices of The League. This figure shall include any additional loan of a goalkeeper approved by the Executive under the provisions of Regulation 54.
52.2.2 No Club may sign more than 4 loan Players (Standard, International, Emergency or Youth) from another Club (or club) in any Season. An additional Youth Loan Player may be added to this figure.
52.3 Standard, International, Emergency and Youth Loans to non-Member Clubs will be subject to the rules and regulations of the respective leagues / national associations.
52.4 Clubs shall be permitted to charge or pay a Loan Fee. The provisions of Regulation 49 shall apply in respect of the method of payment (and all associated matters relating thereto) of any Loan Fee save as follows:
52.4.1 The first sentence of Regulation 49.2.1 shall apply unless otherwise agreed between the two Clubs;
52.4.2 Regulation 49.2.2 shall not apply;
52.4.3 any such Loan Fee shall be payable on or before the date agreed between the parties, the latest of which must be 30th June immediately following the conclusion of the Season in which the temporary loan transfer commenced; and
52.4.4 payment of any levy in accordance with the provisions of with Regulations 49.2.8, 49.2.9 and/or 49.2.11 shall only become payable where a temporary loan transfer is subsequently made permanent. In such circumstances the appropriate levy payable shall be 5% of the aggregate amount of any Loan Fee and/or subsequent Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee payable in respect of the same Player.
52.5 During the period of any temporary loan transfer, a Player shall not play against his Parent Club (as defined in Regulation 53.1.1 below) without the prior written permission of the Parent Club (which, if given, must be indicated on the appropriate temporary loan transfer form).
53 Standard, Emergency and Youth Loans
53.1 For the purposes of this Regulation:
53.1.1 'Parent Club' means:
(a) the Club (or club) which holds the Player's Full Contract registration (or, in the case of a club not operating in the Premier League or Football League, the equivalent registration); or
(b) for the purposes of Youth Loans only, the registration of a Scholar; and
53.1.2 'Loaning Club' means the Club (or club) to which the Player goes on Standard, International, Emergency or Youth Loan.
53.2 Standard Loans. Subject to the provisions of Regulation 52.2, Standard Loan transfers shall only be approved in accordance with following provisions:
53.2.1 Standard Loans shall be allowed to or from Clubs (or, as applicable, clubs) in membership of The Football League, The Premier League, The Football Conference, Northern Premier League, Isthmian League and Southern League providing the rules and regulations of the respective leagues so allow.
53.2.2 Subject to the proviso that the duration of a Standard Loan must be the time between two Transfer Windows, Standard Loans can be for half a Season or a full Season. Any recall clause requiring the early termination of a Standard Loan can only be included in a full Season Standard Loan and this can only be activated during the second (January) Transfer Window. Any other early termination of a Standard Loan must be by way of a mutual agreement in writing (including by way of a recall clause within the Standard Loan Agreement) between both Clubs and the Player but can only be completed after the expiry of 28 days and only during a Transfer Window (but subject to Regulation 53.2.3 below).
53.2.3 A Player whose Standard Loan expires (or terminates) on completion of his Loaning Club's League Matches will not be eligible to play for his Parent Club (where it is a Member Club) in any remaining League Matches in that Season notwithstanding the fact that such expiry or termination occurs during a Transfer Window.
53.2.4 Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation 53.2.2, a Standard Loan of a goalkeeper (but not otherwise) may be subject to a recall clause exercisable at any time. Any recall may only be implemented in extenuating circumstances and with the consent of the Executive, such extenuating circumstances to be determined in the Executive's absolute discretion. A goalkeeper shall not be permitted to resume any Standard Loan following the exercise of a recall.
53.2.5 A Loaning Club can have a maximum of 4 Players under 23 and a further 4 Players over 23 registered on a Standard Loan during any Season. The deadline for determining a Player's age in this respect shall be 30 June prior to the Season in which the Standard Loan is intended to take place.
53.2.6 No more than 2 Players who are over 23 may join one Loaning Club from another Parent Club on a Standard Loan in any Season.
53.2.7 Standard Loans which subsequently become permanent transfers (which can occur any time during the period of the Standard Loan) shall not count against a Club's quota of such Standard Loans for that Season.
53.3 Emergency and Youth Loans. Subject to the provisions of Regulation 52.2, Emergency Loan and Youth Loan transfers shall only be approved in accordance with the following provisions:
53.3.1 Notwithstanding the definition of Parent Club, Emergency and Youth Loans may only be concluded with clubs affiliated (directly or through County Football Associations) to the Football Association unless any club not so affiliated plays in any of the competitions set out in Regulation 53.2.1.
53.3.2 Emergency and Youth Loans are permitted both during the Transfer Windows and, subject to the provisions of Regulation 53.3.5, also during a Closed Period between Clubs (or, as applicable, clubs) in membership of The Football League, The Premier League and The Football Conference (Premier Division).
53.3.3 During the Transfer Windows, Emergency Loans and Youth Loans are also permitted between Clubs and, as applicable, clubs in membership of the Football Conference (North), Football Conference (South), Northern Premier League, the Isthmian League and Southern League providing the rules and regulations of the respective league so allow. Any Emergency Loan concluded in accordance with this Regulation may be renewed during a Closed Period provided the renewal is simultaneous with the expiry of the immediately preceding period of the Emergency Loan.
53.3.4 Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulations 53.3.2 and 53.3.3, a Player cannot be registered on an Emergency Loan or Youth Loan:
(a) during the period of seven days after the end of a Transfer Window;
(b) in the first half of the Season, after 5pm on the fourth Thursday in November; and
(c) in the second half of the Season, after 5pm on the fourth Thursday in March
unless in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 54.
(a) Scholars who are in the second or third (if that option is exercised) year of their Scholarship Agreement; or
(b) Contract Players aged 20 or under on 1st July immediately preceding the Season in question,
may be registered on a Youth Loan.
53.3.6 It shall be a condition of any Youth Loan involving a Scholar, or a Contract Player who continues to qualify as an Academy Player, that for the duration of the period of the Youth Loan the Player continues to fully comply with the programme of education in place for that Player.
53.3.7 A Player registered on a Youth Loan may, provided this is agreed between the two clubs and the Player, continue to train with and/or play for his Parent Club (or club) in any match other than matches played as part of the Premier League Competition, League Competition, League Cup, Football Association Challenge Cup or Football League Trophy (First Team Matches). Participation by the Player in First Team Matches for the Loaning Club shall take precedence.
53.3.8 Any days on which the Player participates in a reserve team match and/or attends any training sessions for the Loaning Club (or club)) shall still count towards the period of the Youth Loan.
53.3.9 Except for the specific circumstances provided for in Regulations 53.3.11, 53.3.12 and 54, the minimum duration of any Emergency Loan and Youth Loan shall be 28 days and the maximum duration of an Emergency Loan is 93 days. The loan period is inclusive of the starting date and the finishing date. Youth Loans may not extend beyond the date of the Player's 21st birthday.
53.3.10 Emergency Loans and Youth Loans may contain a break clause but only where that break clause is exercisable after the expiry of the initial 28 day period of the loan.
53.3.11 Emergency Loans and Youth Loans involving goalkeepers (but not otherwise) may be subject to a recall clause within the first 28 days. Any recall may only be implemented in extenuating circumstances and with the consent of the Executive, such extenuating circumstances to be determined in the Executive's absolute discretion.
53.3.12 The Executive shall have discretion to extend the maximum duration of 93 days for an Emergency Loan in extenuating circumstances, such circumstances to be determined in the Executive's absolute discretion.
53.3.13 Subject to Regulation 53.3.14, where the Emergency Loan or Youth Loan of a Player expires (and is not renewed simultaneously) any subsequent Emergency Loan or Youth Loan of that Player to the same Club will be subject to a minimum duration of 28 days as set out in Regulation 53.3.9.
53.3.14 The cumulative total number of days of all Emergency Loans of one Player to the same Club may not exceed 93 days (unless extended by the Executive in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 53.3.12).
53.4 International Loan. Clubs may also sign players from foreign clubs (which, for the purposes of this Regulation means any club not affiliated to the Football Association unless such club plays in any of the competitions set out in Regulation 53.2.1) in accordance with the principles set out in Article 10 of the FIFA Regulations (International Loan) subject to the following provisos:
53.4.1 the onus is on the Loaning Club to identify whether the signing of the player from a foreign club is a permanent transfer or International Loan. Players may not be signed from a foreign club on any other basis;
53.4.2 Players signed on an International Loan must sign an employment contract with the Loaning Club in a form equivalent to the Standard Contract;
53.4.3 the defined term of Standard Loan in Regulations 53.2.5 to 53.2.7 inclusive shall be deemed to include International Loans such that International Loans shall count towards the quotas set out therein.
54 Emergency Loan of Goalkeepers
54.1 If all the professional goalkeepers at a Club are either certified by an independent medical practitioner as being unfit to play or are suspended, a Club may register (either before or after the deadlines laid down in Regulation 53.3.5), a further goalkeeper on a short term Emergency Loan in accordance with the following provisions:
54.1.1 The Executive shall allow a Club to sign such a goalkeeper for a period of 7 days (notwithstanding the provisions of Regulation 53.3.10), inclusive of the starting date and finishing date.
54.1.2 Any such short term Emergency Loan shall be subject to The League, in appropriate circumstances, having received (including by facsimile) the appropriate medical certificate(s) and the Executive having confirmed that the circumstances conform to the provisions of this Regulation.
54.1.3 The period of any short term Emergency Loan of a goalkeeper may be renewed for 7 days at a time but further medical certification must be provided on each occasion.
54.1.4 Any short term Emergency Loan in respect of the same goalkeeper may not exceed 93 days during any Season.
54.1.5 The provisions of Regulation 52.2.2 shall not apply to the Emergency Loan of a goalkeeper.
55 Medical Insurance and Medical Records
55.1 Private medical insurance. Every Club shall have cover for all Contract Players and Scholars (football related injuries only for Scholars) through a Private Medical Insurance Scheme while an agreement between The League and The Professional Footballers' Association for the subsidising of such schemes is in being.
55.2 Medical records. Clubs shall ensure that their medical practitioner or physiotherapist keeps detailed up to date medical records for all Contract Players in accordance with standard medical practices.
55.3 Monitoring and Compliance. Clubs shall co operate at all times with the monitoring and compliance programmes and inspections as required by The Football Association and/or The League from time to time.
55.4 Transfer of Medical Records. When a Player's registration is about to be transferred (including a temporary loan transfer), the Transferor Club must make such records available to the medical practitioner or physiotherapist of the Transferee Club. This procedure shall also apply to Players transferred under the provisions of Regulations 52 to 54.
56 Registration of Non-contract Players
56.1 The registration of a Non Contract Player will be valid only for the Season in which the registration form is signed.
56.2 A Club may only register a Non-Contract Player (subject to the provisions of Regulation 41.5) during a Closed Period if he is an Unemployed Player.
56.3 A Non-Contract Player's registration will expire at the end of the Season which for the purposes of this Regulation, will be deemed to be the third Saturday in May or within four days of the Club's last match of the Season, whichever is the later. After this date the Player may sign for another Club for the following Season or he may choose to re-sign for his former Club.
56.4 A Club wishing to immediately re-sign a Non-Contract Player should include his name on its Club List of Players for the following Season and notify the Player of its intentions in accordance with the procedure laid down in Regulation 66.
56.5 A Club will only be entitled to seek a Compensation Fee for the loss of a Non Contract Player's Registration who is an Under 24 Player if such Club has made the Player a written offer of terms to become a Contract Player prior to the expiration of the Registration or for other reasons satisfactory to the Board. The amount of such Compensation Fee shall be agreed between the two Clubs concerned or in default of such agreement should be determined by the Professional Football Compensation Committee on the application of either of such Clubs.
57 Termination of Registration of Non-contract Player
57.1 The registration of a Non Contract Player may only be terminated during the Season as follows:
57.1.1 by mutual consent of Club and Player, the details of which must immediately be notified in writing to the Secretary, with a copy to the Player; or
57.1.2 by the Board if in its absolute discretion it determines that the Player has not played in the class of match which his ability warrants; or
57.1.3 for other reasons satisfactory to the Board.
58 Youth Development Rules
58.1 In consultation with The Football Association, The Premier League, Clubs and other appropriate bodies the Executive has power to adopt rules relating to youth development and young Players.
58.2 These rules will form a section of the Handbook and will have the same force as Regulations. The Executive has power to alter, delete or add to such rules and Regulation 2 does not apply.
58.3 Any application for permission to operate an Academy will require, in addition to such other requirements as the Board may determine following consultation in accordance with Regulation 58.1 above, Clubs to procure any educational element of work based training for Academy Players from The League's nominated training provider.
58.4 Football League Child Protection policies, practices and procedures, as advised from time to time by The League, will be applied to all aspects of Club activities involving children. Clubs must abide by the Government legislation that applies to children under the age of 18. The League policies and procedures are set out in the Appendix to Youth Development Rules and shall be issued to all Academy Players and their parents/guardians.
59 Monthly/Multiplicity Registrations
59.1 Subject to Regulation 59.2 below, a Club may register a Player for a period of one (and, for the avoidance of doubt, not less than one) calendar month or more calendar months provided that the registration expires on or before 30 June following registration.
59.2 A Club may only register a Player in accordance with Regulation 59.1 (subject to the provisions of Regulation 41.5) during a Closed Period if he is an Unemployed Player.
59.3 The Club shall complete the prescribed Football League registration form and forward it to the Secretary together with a copy of the contract of employment. For second and subsequent months a monthly extension registration form G1 (extension) must be completed and forwarded to the Secretary.
59.4 Players on a second or subsequent monthly contract are entitled to notice as to whether the Club intends to offer a further period of engagement not later than 7 days before the expiry of that monthly contract.
59.5 Players on a contract for two or more months are entitled to notice as to whether the Club intends to offer a further period of engagement. The notice is not less than 2 weeks before the expiry date where the contract expires on or before 31 December and not less than 4 weeks before the expiry date where the contract expires on or after 1 January.
59.6 On the expiry of a registration under this Regulation a Player is entitled to sign for any Club of his choice without restriction and without payment of any compensation.
60 Conditions of Contract
60.1 No Player under the age of seventeen years may be registered as a Contract Player. Any contract of employment signed by a Player under the age of eighteen at the time of signing must also be signed by a parent or guardian.
60.2 All contracts between Clubs and Players must be in the prescribed form. With effect from 4th August 2010, the prescribed form is the equivalent of Form 13A of Premier League Rules (the 'Standard Contract'). Any Club may continue to employ Contract Players under any contract of employment entered into prior to the 4th August 2010 but any renegotiation or amendment must be on the Standard Contract. The contract of employment with a Player shall hereafter be referred to as the 'Contract of Service'. The Standard Contract must be signed on behalf of the Club by either the Chairman alone or the Manager or club secretary or duly appointed signatory together with one director. Clubs shall be free at any time to re negotiate or amend the financial provisions set out in Schedule 2 of the Standard Contract with its own Players on such terms as shall be mutually acceptable except that where a contract is so re negotiated or amended during a Season and the effect of the renegotiation or amendment is to increase the Player's remuneration (which term shall include any benefits in kind) it shall be dated to expire at least one year later than the existing contract between the Club and Player.
60.3 Clubs must submit copies of all contracts between Clubs and Players to the Secretary within five days of their being made.
60.4 Full details of all payments to or benefits paid in cash or in kind on behalf of Players, including particulars of any Image Contract Payment, must be included in the Contract of Service except such specific payment or benefits as shall be specified in advance by the Board in writing. In the event that the Contract of Service covers more than one Season it must specify the rate of basic remuneration to be paid relative to the divisional status of the Club.
60.5 The terms of a Contract of Service between a Club and a Player shall be strictly adhered to.
60.6 Clubs must ensure that any boy signing a contract part way through his scholarship must continue the educational aspect of the scholarship.
60.7 Fines suspensions and notices of termination of Contract of Service must be reported to The League and The Football Association and such notification must be accompanied by a copy of the notice served on the Player.
60.8 Pre August 2010 Football League Contracts Only. If any Player shall be guilty of serious or persistent misconduct or serious or persistent breach of the terms and conditions of his Contract of Service, or of the disciplinary rules of the Club, the Club may on giving fourteen days' notice to the Player, terminate the contract without prejudice to the Club's right to a Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee, or may deal with the matter under the terms of Regulation 60.12, and the Club shall notify the Player in writing of the full reasons for the action taken. Such action shall be subject to the Player's right of appeal to The League within seven days of receipt by the Player of such notification from the Club and The League shall hear such appeal by way of referral to the Football Disciplinary Commission within fourteen days of receipt of the Player's notice of appeal. Misconduct or breaches shall be deemed persistent if they occur on more than two occasions.
60.9 Standard Contracts Only. The League shall hear any appeal by a Player under the provisions of the Clause 10.3 of, or Paragraph 3.3.2 of Part 1 of Schedule 1 to, the Premier League Standard Contract, or by a Club under the provisions of Clause 11.2 of the Premier League Standard Contract by way of referral to the Football Disciplinary Commission.
60.10 Either the Club or Player may appeal against the decision of the Football Disciplinary Commission to the Football League Appeals Committee and such further appeal shall be made within seven days of receipt of the Football Disciplinary Commission's decision and shall be heard within fourteen days of receipt of the notice of appeal.
60.11 The Player shall have the right to a personal hearing before the Football Disciplinary Commission and shall have the right on any appeal to be accompanied or represented by any officer of The Professional Footballers' Association. The Player shall also be entitled to be legally represented but he must give The League prior written notice of his intention to be legally represented.
60.12 Pre August 2010 Football League Contracts Only. If any Player shall be guilty of misconduct or breach of the disciplinary rules of the Club (other than as provided for above) the Club may suspend the Player for a defined period not exceeding fourteen days, or impose a fine not exceeding two weeks' wages and the Club shall notify the Player in writing of the full reasons for the action taken. Rights of appeal are as set out in Regulations 60.8 and 60.10.
Note For Standard Contracts, disciplinary matters are dealt with under the terms of the Standard Contract.
60.13 Unless otherwise agreed by the Executive, no lump sum payment shall be paid or payable by a Club to a Player during the first year of his employment as a Contract Player with that Club save for:
60.13.1 a Signing-on fee (which must be paid in accordance with Regulation 60.14); or
60.13.2 a sum paid in respect of the Player's relocation expenses not exceeding the amount from time to time permitted by HMRC to be paid for this purpose without income tax and national insurance liability.
60.14 Signing on fees may be paid only to Contract Players and must be paid in equal annual instalments over the period of the contract. If the Player's registration is transferred at any time during the currency of his contract at the request of the Club any balance of the signing on fee then unpaid shall become immediately due and payable to the Player, unless the Football Disciplinary Commission, having considered at the Club's request, the circumstances in which the request of the Club was made, consider that such payments shall not be made. If the Club or the Player is not satisfied with the decision of the Football Disciplinary Commission there should be a right of appeal to the Football League Appeals Committee within fourteen days of receipt of the Football Disciplinary Commission's decision. The decision of the Football League Appeals Committee shall be final.
60.15 If a Player's registration is transferred by reason of his written request or there is a proven statement in the media by the Player or his Agent to the effect that he wants to join another Club, or he leaves a Club by reason of a breach by him of his contract, he shall forfeit any instalments of the signing on fee that fall due for payment after the date on which the registration is transferred, unless the Football Disciplinary Commission is satisfied that his request for a transfer was made on reasonable grounds.
60.16 If the Club or the Player is not satisfied with the decision of the Football Disciplinary Commission there is a right of appeal to the Football League Appeals Committee within 14 days of receipt of the Football Disciplinary Commission's decision. The decision of the Football League Appeals Committee is final.
60.17 If any such future payments have been waived by the Player or are in dispute when the Player's registration is transferred, the fact of the waiver or dispute must be notified to The League at the time of transfer by the Transferor Club. In the absence of such notification, the outstanding instalments will be payable unless there are exceptional reasons acceptable to the Football Disciplinary Commission as to why the notification was not made at the proper time.
60.18 None of Regulations 60.14 to 60.17 shall apply where a Player is signed for a period of less than three calendar months.
60.19 All Contracts of Service between Clubs and Contract Players must be treated as private and confidential.
60.20 When a Player's Contract is terminated by mutual consent, the Club may retain the Player's registration until he signs for another Club and shall be entitled, without further payment to the Player to a Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee (as applicable) in respect of any subsequent transfer of his registration. The Player shall be informed of the Club's intention to retain his registration. Any dispute in relation to the level of any Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee (as applicable) shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 60.22.
60.21 When a Player's Contract is terminated by his Club, the Club may retain the Player's registration until he signs for another Club and shall be entitled to a Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee (as applicable) in respect of the next transfer of his registration. The Player whose Contract is so terminated shall after six weeks from the date of the notice of termination be entitled to a weekly sum equivalent to his last weekly basic wage. The Club may at any time apply to the Football League Appeals Committee for that entitlement to be suspended either because of the facts leading to the termination or on the grounds that the Player has without good reason refused offers of employment from another Club or for other relevant reasons.
60.22 Any dispute between the Club holding the Player's registration and any other Club negotiating to obtain such registration as to the amount of compensation payable shall be determined by the Professional Football Compensation Committee whose decision shall be final and binding.
60.23 All Clubs must submit a Return of Players' Earnings for the previous tax year not later than 30 June in any year.
61 Minimum Wages
61.1 The minimum weekly wage for full time Contract Players shall be £90 or such greater sums as shall be specified by law from time to time.
62 Approaches by Clubs
62.1 Clubs shall not directly or indirectly approach any Player whose name is on the Clubs List of players (as described in Regulation 66) of another Club except in accordance with Regulations 64 or 67.
62.2 Any Club wishing to obtain the services of a Player whose registration is open to transfer whilst under contract (as indicated on a Club's List of Players) must communicate any offer in writing (or if there is insufficient time, by telephone, confirmed in writing) to the Club holding the registration of such Player.
63 Clubs Ceasing to be Members
63.1 In the event of a Club ceasing to be a member of The League otherwise than by reason of promotion to The Premier League (and except as provided for in Regulation 63.3) all Contract Players and Scholars of such Clubs shall from the date of such cessation be deemed to be registered with The League and The League shall have the same rights in respect of the transfer of the registrations of all such Contract Players and Scholars as such Club had until the date of such cessation. The Board shall assess the fees to be placed upon the transfers of such registrations, subject to any appeal to the Professional Football Compensation Committee, and any fees derived from such transfers shall belong to The League. The registration of any Academy Player shall be released forthwith.
63.2 The Board shall have the power to make from any fees received by The League, a grant to any Club to which Transfer Fees and/or Compensation Fees are owed by the Club ceasing membership. The amount of the grant shall be entirely a matter for the Board and no Club shall have a claim as of right to all or any part of such fees. In its absolute discretion the Board shall apply the following:
63.2.1 where the fees are received from the transfer of a particular Player, those fees shall be paid to any Club or Clubs owed Transfer Fees or Compensation Fees in respect of that same Player. Where there is more than one Club, payment shall be pro-rata; and
63.2.2 if any fees remain after paying the Club or Clubs referred to in Regulation 63.2.1, such fees shall be paid to any other Club or Clubs owed Transfer Fees or Compensation Fees by the Club ceasing membership. Where there is more than one Club, payment shall be pro-rata.
63.3 In the event of a Club retiring as a member of The League and joining The Football Conference under the provisions of Regulation 10 the following conditions shall apply to Players registered with such Club.
63.3.1 An Under 24 Player who has refused an offer of re engagement made by his Club in accordance with Regulation 64 who remains in dispute with his Club as at the 15 July next following the Club's loss of Football League status must sign a Football Conference registration form and Contract with his Club which Contract must contain a clause consistent with Regulation 64.9.1 to the effect that the Player remains free to speak to other Clubs without restriction subject to him keeping the Club with which he is contracted, aware of any negotiations. The Contract should contain the same financial terms as were included in clauses (e) and (f) of the schedule attached to his last Football League Contract except that a signing on fee stipulated to be a once only payment need not be repeated and the Player will be bound by any new incentive schedule. If the Player refuses to be registered in The Football Conference then his Club will be entitled to retain compensation rights without payment of a wage. The Professional Football Compensation Committee will on application from a Club or Player determine a dispute over the Compensation Fee.
63.3.2 A Player's Contract which is not due to expire until after the next 30 June following the Club's loss of Football League status will remain valid in The Football Conference.
63.3.3 The registrations and contracts of Scholars may be maintained provided that the Club continues to fulfil the requirements imposed by the Scholarship Agreement and the Youth Development Rules relating to the operation of a Scholarship Programme, otherwise the Scholars will be entitled to their release.
63.3.4 The registrations of Academy Players may be retained by The League in favour of the Club provided that the Club continues to fulfil the requirements imposed by the Academy Player's registrations and the Youth Development Rules relating to the operation of an Academy, otherwise the Academy Players will be entitled to their release..
64 Transfers After Expiry of Contract
64.1 Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, (and, in particular, Regulation 41), a Player shall be free to seek registration with any Club of his choice, on the expiry of his contract of employment.
64.2 Any Club wishing to re engage a Contract Player whose contract is due to expire on 30 June must, save as mentioned in Regulations 64.2.1 to 64.2.4 below, notify him in writing by the third Saturday in May in the final year of his contract whether or not they offer him terms of re engagement specifying (where applicable) such terms. Notification of the terms offered may only be deferred:
64.2.1 in the event of a Club not having completed its League programme by the third Saturday in May, and then only if any outstanding fixture or fixtures could have some bearing on the issues described in Regulation 10 or on possible qualification for other competitions; or
64.2.2 in the event of a Club being involved in the end of Season Play Off competition as described in Regulation 10; or
64.2.3 in the event of a Club still being involved in a Football Association Cup Match on or after the third Saturday in May; or
64.2.4 in the event of a Club still being involved on or after the third Saturday in May in a competition arranged under the auspices of The League. In these circumstances Players must be notified of the terms offered within four days of the Club's last such match.
64.3 Subject to the provisions of this Regulation 64, any Club which makes an offer in accordance with Regulation 64.2 of re engagement to a Contract Player who is an Under 24 Player and which is in the opinion of the Board not less favourable than the Player's current contractual terms, shall be entitled to a Compensation Fee in respect of the loss of the Player's registration, should the Player sign for another Club. In order to comply with this Regulation, the annual value of the terms offered must be at least equivalent to the most favourable year's terms in the Player's previous contract. The terms offered to Players for re engagements must be as favourable overall except that a signing on fee included in the previous contract and stated to be a once only payment need not be repeated. Copies of all offers of re engagement made to Contract Players must be sent to the Secretary.
64.4 The Player must notify in writing the Club holding his registration within one month of the date on which notification of the said terms of re engagement were sent, whether or not he accepts their offer of re engagement. If the Player has not replied in writing to the Club's offer of re engagement by 30 June, the offer shall automatically lapse. In the case of an Under 24 Player, the Club's compensation rights shall not be affected.
64.5 If by or following the expiry date of the Player's contract the Club holding the Player's registration and any other Club which subsequently obtains or is then negotiating to obtain such registration have not reached agreement on the amount of Compensation Fee payable either of the Clubs concerned or the Player shall have the right to request that the fee be determined by the Professional Football Compensation Committee in accordance with Regulation 65, and in the event of such right being exercised, it or he shall inform the other such parties and the Secretary thereof forthwith. Both such Clubs shall provide the Professional Football Compensation Committee with all relevant information. The Professional Football Compensation Committee shall as soon as possible determine the amount of Compensation Fee and its determination shall be final and binding.
Note In the event of the Player wishing to sign for a Club not in membership of The Football League or The Premier League, i.e. a non-League Club, The Football Association Rules shall apply.
64.6 If a Player, who is an Under 24 Player, wishes to claim a Free Transfer on the basis of his offer of re engagement being less favourable than his current contractual terms, he must send a written application to the Secretary, with a copy to his Club, by 30 June, otherwise the Club's compensation rights will be retained.
64.7 If such Player's application is successful he shall continue to receive from his Club as severance payment his weekly basic wage for a period of one month from the expiry date of his contract or until the Player signs for another Club, whichever period is the shorter, provided that where a Player signs for a Club within one month at a reduced basic wage then his old Club shall make up the shortfall in basic wage for the remainder of the month.
64.8 The Board shall determine any dispute between Clubs about the method of payment of a Compensation Fee.
64.9 If the Player, who is an Under 24 Player, does not accept the said offer of re engagement and/or indicates that he wishes to leave the Club holding his registration, but his registration is not transferred to another Club before the date of expiry of his contract, then the Club holding his registration may after such expiry date either:
64.9.1 enter into a contract with the Player in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 60 but providing that the Player's registration may be transferred to another Club at any time during the currency of such contract (subject to the provisions of Regulation 41) for a fee determined in accordance with these Regulations; or
64.9.2 continue to pay the Player the basic wage payable under the contract which shall have expired. In such event the Player shall not be eligible to play for the Club holding his registration nor be subject to the regulations and discipline of such Club, and (so long as it continues to pay the Player the basic wage as aforesaid) such Club shall be entitled to a Compensation Fee from any other Club wishing to obtain the registration of the Player. The Player shall be an Unemployed Player for the purposes of Regulation 41. On the application of the Club made on or after the first day of the Season the Professional Football Compensation Committee may rule that because the Player has without good reason refused offers of employment with another Club or other Clubs or because there are other relevant circumstances, the Club may retain its entitlement to a Compensation Fee as aforesaid without being obliged to continue to pay over basic wage after a date stated in this ruling; or
64.9.3 agree with the Player that the Player shall continue playing for the Club on a week by week basis under the financial terms of his last contract unless the Club incentive schedule paid in accordance with that contract has been changed in which case the Player will receive the revised incentives. The Player will, in these circumstances, be subject to Club regulations and discipline and to the Football Association Rules and these Regulations. In order to maintain compensation rights on the registration of a Player employed at the end of a Season on a week by week basis under the provisions of this Regulation a Club must, between the fourth Thursday in March and the third Saturday in May (both dates inclusive) notify the Player in writing of its intentions. If the week to week contract expires during a Closed Period then the Player will not be eligible to play for another Football League Club until the commencement of the next following Transfer Window; or
64.9.4 cease to pay the Player the basic wage as detailed in Regulation 64.9.2, in which case the Player shall be free to negotiate with, sign for and be registered with any other Club at any time without payment by such other Club of any Compensation Fee; or
64.9.5 cease to pay and play the Player on a weekly basis as detailed in Regulation 64.9.3, in which case the Player shall be free to negotiate and sign for any other Club at any time (but he will not be eligible to play for another Football League Club until the commencement of the next following Transfer Window) without payment by such other Club of any Compensation Fee.
In either of the circumstances set out in Regulations 64.9.4 or 64.9.5, two weeks' notice in writing must be given before payment to the Player ceases.
64.10 Any attempt by a Club to use negotiations to prevent a Player joining the Club of his choice will be regarded as misconduct.
64.11 Clubs must notify the Player and the Secretary of all offers received for the Player's registration.
64.12 Any Club wishing to place the name of a Non Contract Player on its List of Players for the following Season must so notify him in writing in accordance with the procedure laid down in Regulation 64.2.
64.13 An Under 24 Player who has not received written notice from his Club of an offer of re engagement in accordance with this Regulation shall continue to receive from his Club as severance payment his weekly basic wage for a period of one month from the expiry date of his contract or until the Player signs for another Club, whichever period is the shorter, provided that where a Player signs for a Club within the month at a reduced basic wage then his old Club shall make up the shortfall in basic wage for the remainder of the month.
64.14 The action of a Club in securing a Player's signature on a Contract of Service shall constitute an acknowledgement of that Club's liability to pay the appropriate Compensation Fee in accordance with these Regulations.
64.15 A Player who, having refused to accept his Club's offer of re engagement made in accordance with this Regulation, elects to sign for a Club in another country shall not be re registered in The League until after a lapse of twelve months from the date he joined the foreign Club unless the special consent of the Board is obtained. The Board may refer any question of compensation to his previous Club to the Professional Football Compensation Committee whose decision shall be final and binding.
65 Compensation Fee for Players out of Contract
65.1 In determining the Compensation Fee under Regulation 64.5 the Professional Football Compensation Committee shall take into account the costs set out in Regulations 65.2 and 65.3 and any of the criteria set out in Regulation 65.4.
65.2 Any cost incurred by either Club in operating an Academy including (without limitation) the cost of providing for students:
65.2.1 living accommodation;
65.2.2 training and playing facilities;
65.2.3 scouting, coaching, administrative and other staff;
65.2.4 education and welfare requirements;
65.2.5 playing and training strip and other clothing;
65.2.6 medical and first aid facilities; and
65.2.7 friendly and competitive matches and overseas tours.
65.3 Any other costs incurred by the Transferor Club directly attributable to the training and development of Players including any Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee referred to in Regulation 65.4.3.
65.4 The criteria are:
65.4.1 the status of the two Clubs involved;
65.4.2 the age of the Player;
65.4.3 the amount of any Transfer Fee or Compensation Fee paid by the Transferor Club upon acquiring the registration of the Player;
65.4.4 the length of time during which the Transferor Club held the registration of the Player;
65.4.5 the terms of the new contract offered to the Player by both Clubs;
65.4.6 the Player's playing record in Club and international team appearances; and
65.4.7 substantiated interest shown by other Clubs in acquiring the services of the Player.
66 List of Players
66.1 Every year each Club shall forward to the Secretary no later than the deadline laid down in Regulation 64 for the notification of Players, a Club List of Players' names for registration by The League including:
66.1.1 Contract Players whose contracts are due to terminate on the next 30 June and to whom the Club has made offers of further re engagement;
66.1.2 Contract Players with whom Contracts of Service are in existence, such contracts being due to terminate on 30 June in any subsequent year including any Contracts of Service under which an option to extend the term thereof has been exercised by the Club;
66.1.3 Contract Players whose contracts are due to terminate on the next 30 June and to whom the Club has not made offers of further re engagement;
66.1.4 Players employed on a week by week basis under the provisions of Regulation 64.9.3 to whom the Club has either made a further offer of re engagement or indicated that it wishes to continue with the week by week agreement;
66.1.5 Scholars with whom agreements are in existence; and
66.1.6 Non Contract Players whose registrations have not been cancelled.
66.2 Full Christian names shall be included in all cases.
66.3 The registrations of Non Contract Players whose names are omitted from the Club List of Players are automatically cancelled. A Non Contract Player whose registration has not been cancelled must be re signed.
66.4 The Clubs' List of Players shall be published by the Secretary not later than the second Saturday in June.
67 Players Over 24
67.1 A Player aged 24 years or over as at 30 June is entitled (subject to Regulation 41) to sign for any Club of his choice without restriction on the expiry of his contract on or after that date without payment of any Compensation Fee.
67.2 A Player who is under 24 years as at 30 June will have to wait until the following 30 June before he is entitled to the benefit of Regulation 67.1.
67.3 An Over 24 Player who has refused an offer of re-engagement which, in the opinion of the Board is not less favourable than the Player's current contractual terms, shall not be entitled to any severance or other payment in respect of the expiry of his contract or for any period after the expiry of his contract.
67.4 This Regulation 67 applies notwithstanding any other provisions in these Regulations and if there is any conflict, Regulation 67 shall prevail.
68 Avoidance and Evasion of Transfer Fees and/or Compensation Fees
68.1 If in the opinion of the Board a Contract of Service has been drawn up or amended with the purpose or effect of avoiding or evading the payment of full compensation in accordance with the intent of the provisions of these Regulations, the Board shall require the Club which is responsible for so drawing up or amending the contract to pay to the Club entitled to compensation the amount of compensation which the Board considers in its absolute discretion ought to be paid.
68.2 If in the opinion of the Board any Club unfairly traffics or deals in the registration of any Player or otherwise abuses in any way the system of transfer and compensation provided for by these Regulations or the intent thereof such Club shall be guilty of misconduct. If applicable the Board shall require such Club to pay to the Club from whom the registration of any Player was transferred such sum as the Board may consider just.
68.3 If any question within the ambit of this Regulation 68 shall arise in relation to a transfer between Clubs in membership of The League and The Premier League, any issues relating to alleged misconduct shall be referred to the Football Association and any question relating to the Transfer and/or Compensation Fee payable shall not be referred to the Board but direct to the Professional Football Compensation Committee.
69 Professional Football Compensation Committee
69.1 The Professional Football Compensation Committee shall adjudicate upon appeals arising from:
69.1.1 the transfer of registrations of Non Contract Players under Regulation 57;
69.1.2 the re engagement system for Contract Players including disputes under Regulation 64; and
69.1.3 decisions of the Board as provided in Regulations 60, 63 and 70;
69.2 The provisions of Appendix 4 - Regulations of the Professional Football Compensation Committee shall govern the conduct of proceedings before it.
70 Disputes and Appeals
70.1 Any dispute or difference not otherwise expressly provided for in these Regulations between a Club or Clubs and any Player shall be referred in writing to the FDC in accordance with Regulation 77 for consideration and adjudication.
70.2 Any Club or Player dissatisfied with the decision of the FDC may appeal to the Football League Appeals Committee. The Football League Appeals Committee shall comprise:
70.2.1 the Chairman of the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee, or his nominee, who shall act as the Independent Chairman of the Committee and who in case of equality of votes, shall have a second or casting vote;
70.2.2 a nominee of the Board;
70.2.3 a nominee of The Professional Footballers' Association; and
70.2.4 a nominee of the Institute of Football Management and Administration.
70.3 Notice of appeal must be lodged with the Company Secretary within fourteen days of the FDC's decision.
70.4 The Player may if he so desires be accompanied or represented at the FDC hearing and/or on the hearing of the appeal by an officer of the Professional Footballers' Association. The Player and/or Club shall also be entitled to be legally represented but they must give The League prior written notice of their intention to be legally represented.
70.5 The Football League Appeals Committee shall be competent to call for any documentary evidence available to The League and shall have the power to order the attendance of and production of documents by any Club, Official, or Player.
70.6 The secretary of the Football League Appeals Committee shall be appointed by the Board from the Staff of The League.
70.7 The secretary of the Football League Appeals Committee shall send all evidence submitted by either party in the dispute to the other party or parties.
70.8 The Chairman of the Football League Appeals Committee may give directions as he thinks fit for the future conduct of the proceedings addressed in writing to the parties with which the parties shall comply without delay.
70.9 The Chairman of the Football League Appeals Committee shall have an overriding discretion as to the manner in which the hearing of the proceedings shall be conducted.
70.10.1 as otherwise agreed between the parties;
70.10.2 as directed by the Chairman in exercise of his discretion under Regulation 70.9 above; or
70.10.3 as prescribed by Regulation 70.13 below,
the Football League Appeals Committee shall proceed by way of a review of the evidence presented before, and the decision of, the FDC with the parties having the right to make written and oral submissions on those matters only.
70.11 The Football League Appeals Committee shall not be bound by any enactment or rule of law relating to the admissibility of evidence in proceedings before a Court of Law.
70.12 If any party wishes to introduce new evidence then their notice of appeal or reply must state so clearly and include a copy of any such evidence. The Chairman of the Football League Appeals Committee shall have absolute discretion to determine whether such new evidence shall be admitted. Such evidence will not be admitted unless:
70.12.1 the evidence was not available at the time of the original inquiry, hearing or proceedings notwithstanding the exercise of reasonable diligence by the person seeking to introduce it.
70.12.2 the evidence is credible; and
70.12.3 the evidence is relevant.
70.13 Where the Chairman of the Football League Appeals Committee decides to admit the new evidence under Regulation 70.12, the appeal shall be conducted as a full re-hearing.
70.14 The Football League Appeals Committee shall give reasons for its decision.
70.15 Further, the Football League Appeals Committee may make such order in respect of:
70.15.1 the costs of the investigation; and
70.15.2 the costs of the proceedings; and
70.15.3 the costs of the Football League Appeals Committee as it may think fit.
The Football League Appeals Committee shall have the power to enquire into any costs claimed by a party and to order that such costs be assessed on an equivalent basis to detailed assessment in the High Court.
70.16 The decision of the Football League Appeals Committee on all matters coming before it shall be final and binding on all parties.
70.17 Should the Independent Chairman for any reason be absent or unable to act a Deputy Independent Chairman shall be appointed to act in his place by agreement between the Board and The Professional Footballers' Association.
71 Inducements and Approaches
71.1 Subject to the provisions of Regulation 64, Clubs, Officials, Players and Agents (and their respective employees and agents) shall not directly or indirectly induce or attempt to induce a Registered Player of another Club or a Premier League club to leave for any purpose whatsoever the employment of the Club with which he is registered or cease to be so registered. Any infringement of this Regulation shall be dealt with in cases involving only Football League Clubs by the Football Disciplinary Commission and in cases involving Premier League clubs by The Football Association which shall be entitled to take such action and impose such penalties against the Club, Official or Player of the Club or Premier League club or the Agent as they may in the circumstances think fit. Any penalty imposed on a Club or a Premier League club may include the refusal to register for the Club, guilty of the infringement, any Player whom they consider has been so induced.
71.2 Public statements by Clubs or Officials of their interest in Registered Players of other Clubs shall be regarded as inducements within the meaning of this Regulation.
71.3 No Club shall employ a Player who is on the list of Registered Players of another Club or Premier League club or who has failed to comply with a decision of The Board, the Football Disciplinary Commission or of the Football League Appeals Committee given on an appeal made under these Regulations. Infringements of this Regulation shall also be dealt with by the Football Disciplinary Commission who may impose any penalty they in their discretion feel necessary including refusal to register the Player.
71.4 Subject to the provisions of Regulation 64 a Registered Player shall not directly or indirectly communicate with or approach another Club or any Official or Player of another Club with the object of negotiating or arranging the transfer of himself or another Player to such other Club during the currency of a contract. Any infringement of this Regulation shall render the Player concerned and any Official, Agent or other Player who enters into communication or negotiation with him liable to such penalties by way of fine, suspension, or otherwise as the Board may think fit in the circumstances.