READ ON FOR OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
ARE THERE ANY COSTS TO JOIN THE IFHA DATABASE?
No. It’s FREE to register
HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER I AM ELIGIBLE TO REPRESENT MY COUNTRY OF HERITAGE?
Once you have registered with the IFHA, you will receive confirmation from us on whether you are eligible and when your details have been viewed by your national FA
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH MY INFORMATION ONCE I REGISTER WITH THE IFHA DATABASE?
Once you have registered with us, we use the information you have provided to determine whether you are eligible to represent your country of heritage. We also provide your National FA with your footballing profile for them to evaluate.
DO I NEED TO HOLD A CURRENT PASSPORT/CITIZENSHIP TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY FOR MY COUNTRY?
Yes, but don’t worry if you currently don’t have one. The IFHA along with the help of your national FA will help you in the process of getting one. During the assessment stage and training camps this is not required.
DO I NEED TO DENOUNCE MY COUNTRY OF BIRTH TO OBTAIN CITIZENSHIP FOR MY COUNTRY OF HERITAGE?
In most cases, this is not necessary. Many countries allow dual citizenship which allows you to hold two passports. One passport from your country of birth and another from your country of heritage via your parents or grandparents.
HOW LONG DOES MY INFORMATION STAY ON THE IFHA DATABASE FOR?
Your profile stays on our database for 2 years. At the end of this period, you will be asked whether you would like to extend this period.
CAN I STILL REPRESENT MY COUNTRY OF HERITAGE IF I HAVE PLAYED YOUTH FOOTBALL FOR MY COUNTRY OF BIRTH?
Yes, you can. If you haven’t played a senior game in a competitive match for your country then you have the option to switch footballing nationalities. If you require more information on this, please message us via the contact us page.