Saturday 18 February 2023, 21:30

Turkish Football Association registration period extended until 5 March 2023

  • FIFA Council grants further extension of the registration period

  • Exceptions in place for players of clubs affected by the natural disaster

  • FIFA to continue collaboration with the Turkish Football Association (TFF)

In light of the exceptional situation caused by the natural disaster affecting Türkiye, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to further extend the registration period of the Turkish Football Association (TFF) until 5 March 2023, and to grant further exceptions to support the players and clubs most affected. The decision follows an initial extension granted by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, which was in place until 18 February. Last week, the TFF informed FIFA that the recommencement of its competitions had been further postponed to a date between 3 and 5 March. FIFA was also informed that four affiliated clubs, Gaziantep FK, Hatayspor, Yeni Malatyaspor and Adanaspor, had withdrawn from the current championship because their facilities were severely damaged and could no longer be used for sporting activities. Consequently, the decision adopted by the Bureau of the FIFA Council grants a further extension of the registration period of the TFF until 5 March 2023. It further allows players who were registered with one of the above-mentioned clubs at the time of the natural disaster to register with a maximum of four clubs and to play official matches for three clubs during the current season. Those players are also allowed to play official matches for more than two clubs participating in the same national championship or cup during this season. They can also be registered outside a registration period by any association internationally, provided that such registration occurs before or on 5 March 2023, and provided that due consideration is given to sporting integrity in each case. FIFA will continue to collaborate with the TFF, while monitoring the situation and deciding on any further regulatory amendments in these tragic circumstances.