I wish to become a football intermediary. How do I go about this?

Football agent or intermediary?

The licensing system for agents ceased to exist on 1st April 2015 and was replaced by the concept of intermediaries in accordance with the FIFA regulations on working with intermediaries.

The new system provides a framework for tighter control and supervision of the transactions relating to transfer of football players with the aim being to improve transparency. To achieve this, minimum standards and requirements were introduced, as well as a registration system for intermediaries who represent players and/or clubs in concluding employment contracts and transfer agreements.

Registering as an intermediary

Individuals and companies who want to carry out ‘intermediary activity’ as defined under the Football Association’s Regulations on Working with Intermediaries (including entering into a representation contract with a client) must be registered with the FA as intermediaries beforehand.

The intermediary registration process is accessible via the FA Whole Game System. You will need to obtain a FAN (FA Number) and password to start the registration process. You can obtain a FAN by >clicking here.

Working with minors

Applicants who want to work with minors (whether representing minors or representing clubs in respect of minors) need to upload an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (or equivalent disclosure for applicants domiciled overseas) which will be reviewed by the FA.

This can also be submitted for review any time after you have completed your initial registration. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks need to be applied for through the FA specifically for the position of intermediary and checks obtained otherwise will not be accepted.

Registering a company as an intermediary

People intending to register a company as an intermediary need to register themselves as intermediaries first to access the option to register the company through their online access.

Registration fee

Individuals and companies will be charged £500 (+VAT) for their initial one-year registration period (this initial registration fee will be waived for those individuals who were FA licensed agents as at 31st of March 2015). This registration needs to be renewed and maintained to continue conducting intermediary activity. The FA will charge £250 (+VAT) for every annual renewal.

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