FIFA Country Swap Rule Change to be Decided at Congress
FIFA’s proposed rule change regarding players representing a second national team could be beneficial CONCACAF Countries recruiting plans.
The proposal would allow players to switch allegiances to play for another approved country if they played a maximum of three games for the first national team before they reached age 21 and three years have passed since they last played for that national team. The proposal will take effect next month pending approval from the 211 National Federations at the September 18 FIFA Congress, which will be hosted virtually.
The proposal is the result of a two-year process by a FIFA working group. The backdrop to the proposal comes from a 2018 case involving Spanish-born forward Munir El Haddadi, who wanted to represent Morocco.