June 23, 2024


Advocacy. Mediation. Success.

When is there a right to replay a football match? FIFA, UEFA and The FA laws on fielding an ineligible player


Take into account this situation: a club fields an ineligible[1] or suspended participant in a match.  That club wins the match.  The player’s ineligibility or suspension is then found and the offending club is subjected to a type of disciplinary procedure and is penalised.

The innocent, losing club has no details from a match in which the opposition fielded a player who ought to not have been on the pitch in the 1st place.  Need to the match be replayed?

This situation plays out just about each and every period[2]. In the long run each circumstance is fact-unique and the remedy is dependent on the individual competition guidelines relevant to the match performed.

In apply what this implies is that, even though fielding an ineligible or suspended player in just one competitors may guide to a replay, in other individuals it will not.  This report looks at the methods taken in FIFA, UEFA and The FA’s competitions, and then sets out basic steerage about when, and in what conditions, a replay probably will and will not be purchased.


Grahame Anderson