Player Transfers / Notice of Approach

Norfolk County FA Membership Rule 16 and FA Rule C2(a) cover the regulations under which players may be approached during the playing season.

Full details of FA Rule C2(a) can be accessed by downloading the attached document at the bottom of the page. The key points of the regulations are as follows:

  • No club nor any person shall during the period 1 July to 31 May approach either directly ot indirectly any player of a club in member of Norfolk County FA or any other Association to play for another club without giving at least 7 days notice in writing to the Secretary of the club for which the player was last known to have played or for which the player was known to have signed a registration form.
  • This written notice must be sent by special delivery or recorded post or a written acknowledgment otherwise obtained from the secretary or chairman of the player’s current club (fax or e-mails may be used provided a receipt of acknowledgement is also obtained.
  • Once this has been done, the player can be spoken to on or after the eighth day and the player must be registered on or before the 21st day.
  • You cannot approach a player more than once in the same season. (1 July to 31 May).
  • You can only approach one player in the same team at any one time.
  • You cannot approach another player in the same team within 28 days.

Please be aware that written notice of approach must always be given between two clubs who play on the same match day, even if the two clubs do not compete in the same league.

Illegal Approach

Any club wishing to make a protest of an Illegal Approach under Norfolk County FA Membership Rule 16 must do so within 14 days of the alleged illegal approach becoming known to them. The protest must be submitted in writing, together with any supporting evidence, to the following address:

Rachel Cossey
Norfolk County FA
11 Meridian Way

Alternatively, it can also be sent via email to This protest along with supporting evidence shall be accompanied by a protest fee of £10.  This fee will be returned if the protest is upheld.

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