Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP)
The New Zealand Football RSTPs outline the regulations applicable for the conduct of football competitions in matches in New Zealand. These regulations regulate the eligibility, registration, contracting, payment, loan and transfer, and protection of Players who enter and participate in football in New Zealand.
The objectives of the RSTPs are to:
- Promote, develop, and protect the game of football in New Zealand; for all forms of the game and all participants that partake in it
- Ensure that the game is administered and regulated in a consistent manner across all Federations, Districts, and Clubs around the country
- Ensure the protection of young Players (Minors)
- Align the registration system with FIFA statutes, and New Zealand Football statutes
For the full regulations, download the latest version of the RSTPs here.
- As per NZ Football’s RSTPs, it is mandatory that all Players be registered on Goalnet prior to taking the field of play in an Official Match
- As of 17 February 2016, the registration period will no longer be in effect. The period for which Players may register and be deemed eligible to play will be determined by the relevant competition regulations
- A Player that is not active in the relevant season on Goalnet and appears for their Club in any Official Match is deemed to have played illegitimately and is therefore ineligible. Sanctions may be imposed on Players and/or Clubs
- A Player may only be registered with one Club at a time
- A Player may only play for the Club for which they are registered with; unless they also play for:
- A Futsal Club or centre
- A school team that is not playing in the same competition as their Club’s team(s)
- Any other team affiliated to a Federation, which plays in a competition not controlled by the Federation and does not play in the same competition as their Club. For example the Sunday League
- Any transfer of a Player between Clubs affiliated to NZ Football must be completed through Goalnet
- For Winter Season Competitions, no transfer of a Player shall be allowed by any Club from 1 July to 30 September (inclusive), except in exceptional circumstances
- A Player cannot play for their new Club until the transfer has been concluded by both the Former Club and the New Club, and where appropriate, New Zealand Football and the relevant Federation(s)
- For avoidance of doubt, Player transfers are split into Domestic (within New Zealand) and International (in and out of New Zealand) Transfers
- International Transfers are to be dealt with in accordance with the FIFA Regulations
International Transfers (ITC)
In accordance with the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (FIFA RSTP), an international clearance is required for any player aged 10 and over who wishes to register for a Club in New Zealand and has previously been registered for a Club abroad; or who is a foreign national seeking to register for the first time in this country.
Please refer to the International Transfer Flowchart below to discover what kind of ITC that you may need.
ITC FLOWCHART – Player Version
ITC: New Zealand Football Guide to ITCs
Please click here for the New Zealand Football Guide to ITCs. This document is designed to give Clubs and Players an overview of the process(es) that are undertaken to complete an International Transfer, as well as outlining the documents that are needed to complete an application.
ITC: Minor Player Transfers
Below are the resources for International Transfers / Registrations involving Players aged between 10 – 17 years of age. Please click on the heading to download the file:
- Checklist A: Application for Minors Resident in New Zealand for 5+ Years
- Checklist B: Application for Minors Resident in New Zealand for less than 5 Years
- ITC Minor Forms
ITC: Student Minor Player Transfers
Below are the resources for International Transfers / Registrations involving Players aged between 10 – 17 years of age and are on an official Student Exchange Programme. Please click on the heading to download the file:
Below are some of the forms that may be required to be completed by Clubs and/or Players for various parts of a registration/transfer process.