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BAFA tightens rules on international games
Jun 8, 2023 - 12:59:06 PM

BAFA has extended its requirements on teams that wish to play against opponents from outside Great Britain.

For some time it has been policy that teams who wish to play overseas
(e.g. in another European country or the US) had to seek BAFA’s prior approval for them to participate in any game. That requirement has now been extended to games played in Britain involving any team from outside Great Britain.

The aim of the new policy is to reduce the risk that British teams might be left high and dry by their opponents suddenly pulling out of fixtures. This has happened at least twice so far this season. BAFA can help reduce the chances of this happening by liaising with the opponent's home National Governing Body to ensure that the team is a bona fide one. Approval is unlikely to be granted if the game or opponent does not have recognition from an IFAF member governing body or equivalent. The policy also enables BAFA to ensure that restrictions on players (e.g. age limits) can be applied, and that registration and insurance issues are fully covered. The policy applies to both contact and flag football.

BAFA Chairman Gary Marshall is the primary contact point for all international matters. He can be contacted by email at

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