to Associations: Register Academy Players
16, 2009 (RELEASE) -- FIFA, the governing body for soccer worldwide,
issued a directive regarding revised regulations for the status and transfer of
players. Specifically circular 1190 deals with FIFA member obligations
regarding the protection of minors.
binding report states: each association [under FIFA] is obliged to ensure
that all players attending an academy that is not linked to a club
reported to the association. The circular also goes on to state that the
purpose of the new regulations is to better monitor and control the
observance of the rules pertaining to the protection of minors in order to
safeguard young players as well as training clubs from being
In the official amendment to the regulations, an Academy is defined
by FIFA as an organization or an independent legal entity whose primary,
long-term objective is to provide players with long-term training through the
provision of the necessary training facilities and infrastructure. This shall
primarily include, but not be limited to, football training centres, football
camps, football schools, etc.. The new regulation (19bis) also
Each association is obliged to ensure that all academies
a) run a club that participates in the relevant national championships all
players shall be reported to the association upon whose territory the academy
operates, or registered with the club itself or
b) report all minors who attend the academy for the purpose of training to the
association upon whose territory the academy operates.
These regulations are to go into effect on October 1, 2009. Violations of the
new provisions would be subject to sanctions by the FIFA Disciplinary
Soccer Academy Alliance Canada (SAAC) is a national organization in existence
since 2005 and currently representing nine (9) private soccer academies.
SAAC welcomes the latest developments from the FIFA Congress in Nassau, Bahamas
regarding the issue of protection of minors. It is critical to the well-being
of youth players as well as to the success of player development in general
that those charged with training minors be held to the highest standards of
safety and competence.
SAAC plans to diligently lobby the appropriate levels of governance in order to
ensure that FIFA regulations are being adhered to and that proper recognition
and protection is given to the fine young players that are being developed in
the Canadian Academy system.
To learn more about this news release from FIFA to Associations, click on this
file from FIFA.
About Soccer Academy Alliance Canada --
Soccer Academy Alliance Canada (SAAC) is a Not-For-Profit Association formed in
2005 with the mission to develop world class soccer players in Canada on a
continual & systematic basis by providing our members with best-in-class
training, facilities & competition. The SAAC vision is to become and be
recognized as the primary player development platform in Canada.
For further information, please contact Lino Terra, Operations Manager at (416)
560-6791 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ANB academy's vision is to become Canadas leading soccer development
organization. Its mission is to identify Canadian soccer talent, and to
maximize the potential of players at any level, through professional coaching
For more information on the programs offered by ANB academy, check out our
website site at www.anbfutbol.com or by telephone at 905-313-8661 or via e-mail