Procedure for Transfer of Players
Step by Step Guide to Player transfers between Clubs
The full League rule is described in Rule 18.H as shown in the current
a summary of the procedure which MUST be followed.
STEP 1. Football Association Rule
C requires you contact the player’s existing club BEFORE you take any other action. …..
“Any Club wishing to approach a Player registered with or having played for any other Club
must give the secretary of each such Club, seven days’ formal written notice of the intention to approach the Player.”
STEP 2. You must satisfy yourself that
the player you wish to sign, has ‘discharged all reasonable obligations’ to his current club and has
returned any kit belonging to
them that was in his/her possession. You should request this information from the player or his/her parents direct.
STEP 3. Complete TWO new
League Registration Cards The new cards require the Player’s photograph on the front.
STEP 4. (A) Search for the player on the FA
Player Registration System and follow the instructions.
League form TAN 4 and proceed as follows:-
STEP 5. Send these
items to the League's Senior Registration Secretary (who alone now deals with all transfers).
i. One copy of form TAN 4 with part 1
completed. This can be submitted by
ii. Two identical
League ID registration cards (fully completed and with photos
iii. An administration fee
of £10.00. This fee can be paid by bank transfer* but if so please
quote the Age Group for the player using a reference such as TRF u13 or TRF u8
*Tandridge Youth League - Sort Code
77-29-18 Account No 40728560
Addressed Envelope (for the return of the new I.D. card once the transfer is complete).
NB – If you have not followed all these steps, then do
not expect the transfer to proceed
smoothly. If you attempt a ‘short cut’ our experience proves that you will invariably only succeed in slowing
this process down.
STEP 6. The Senior Registration Secretary will forward
the TAN 4 to the Secretary of the club with whom the player is currently registered..
STEP 7. The club receiving the TAN 4 must:-
either part 2 or part 3 of the form and return it to the Senior Registration Secretary within seven days of
(This Club will be deemed to have received
the TAN 4 one day after posting by the Registration Secretary, or the next day if sent by e-mail).
ii. This Club must also send the current player
ID card back to the Senior Registration Secretary.
NB - I.D. cards must
not be passed from one club to another, but must in every case be returned to the Senior Registration Secretary.
Should a Club object to the transfer it should state its objections in
writing to the Senior Registration Secretary and to the player concerned within
seven days of receipt of the
STEP 8 On receipt of the Tan 4, or after 7 days if
nothing heard, the Senior Registration Secretary
will complete the transfer and will post the new ID card to the new club.
event of an objection to a transfer, the matter shall be referred to the Management Committee. However, an allegation of an illegal approach must be
submitted to the relevant County Association and confirmed to the League using form TAN 6.
In the case of a transfer of a player between two teams in the same
Club, a TAN 4 must still be completed, albeit signed by only one Club
Secretary. The administration fee is waived but the transfer will be recorded
as such and all other provisions of Rule 18H shall apply, as for a transfer
between different clubs.