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Velocity 12-19-2018 05:22 PM

What prevents international-sports "free agency?"
Suppose Spain wanted to build a soccer superteam for the next World Cup cycle and offered multi-hundred-million-euro contracts to Mbappe, Pogba, Modric, Manzukich, Kane, etc. along with "fast-track citizenship." It would certainly be considered extremely tasteless, but would there be anything in FIFA or IOC rules that would expressly ban such tactics?

don't ask 12-19-2018 05:45 PM

FIFA have overturned results where players they consider not qualified play internationals.

For players that haven't already played international football their current rules are:


Any player ... who assumes a new nationality and who has not played international football [in a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition of any category or any type of football] shall be eligible to play for the new representative team only if he fulfils one of the following conditions:
a) He was born on the territory of the relevant association;
b) His biological mother or biological father was born on the territory of the relevant association;
c) His grandmother or grandfather was born on the territory of the relevant association;
d) He has lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association.

merrick 12-19-2018 06:50 PM

The above rules, of course, only apply to players who have not played for their previous country (which would exclude all those in the original post).

Once a player has appeared in a senior, competitive game (not a friendly or youth game) for one country, the only way they can represent another country is if they involuntarily lose their previous nationality (e.g. following the break-up of Yugoslavia or the USSR)

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