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Created by villanzUK (Dan Adams)
on 10th April 2005
Version 1.1 - 15th April 2005

Email: dan2003nz@hotmail.com

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CONTENTS
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1 - INTRO
2 - WHICH LEAGUES USE THE WORK PERMIT RULE?
3 - WHAT IS A WORK PERMIT?
4 - WHO DOESN'T NEED A WORK PERMIT?
5 - WHO GETS A WORK PERMIT? ...AND WHY?
6 - TIPS

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                                   INTRO


As most FM players probably know, when you're managing in some European leagues
there is a restriction on player transfers that can stop you from buying
players from foreign countries. The dreaded WORK PERMIT rule!!

This transfer guide tells you about work permits, how they work, who needs
them, and who doesn't.


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                  WHICH LEAGUES USE THE WORK PERMIT RULE?


Its basically just the 5 British countries plus Iceland, that use this annoying
rule. All the other leagues have their own separate transfer rules (usually
less strict than the EU work permit rule).
So here is the list of the leagues that use the dreaded rule:

                            England
                            Iceland
                            Ireland
                            Northern Ireland
                            Scotland
                            Wales


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                            WHAT IS A WORK PERMIT?

A work permit is what players who are not from an EU (European Union) country
need to be able to play in certain leagues in Football Manager 2005 (including
all English and Scottish leagues). If you've played FM for a while you've
probably come across it. 
A player from within the EU (e.g. France) can be bought easily but when you try
to buy a player from outside the EU (e.g. Brazil) you get a message telling you
that the player needs a work permit and that the transfer will be delayed until
a decision is made. This makes it difficult to buy all the young foreign stars
that you want.

Some players who are born outside the EU, have a second nationality of an EU
country. This gets around the work permit rule because the player is then
classed as an EU player. An example of this is Javier Saviola. He is
Argentinean but has a second nationality of Spanish so he can be bought without
getting a work permit.

When buying a non-EU player, after he has agreed a contract with you, you'll
get a message saying that your club has applied for a work permit for him
and it will usually take 14 days for the decision to be made (when you are
close to the end of a transfer window, the decision can be rushed through in a
day or two). If the application is rejected you get the chance to appeal and
this can take up to 2 more weeks. If it is rejected again, you don't get
another chance to appeal so just try again next season or in the next transfer
window.

In previous games from Sports Interactive (the 'old' Championship Manager
series), players on work permits had to played in a certain percentage of your
team's games otherwise their contract could not be renewed. Thankfully this
rule isn't included in Football Manager, so once you've got the player he can
stay for good.


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                        WHO DOESN'T NEED A WORK PERMIT?

There are 45 nations that Football Manager classes as EU nations. These are
mostly European countries that are part of the European Union but there are
also a few little-known countries in the Pacific, Caribbean, etc that are
owned by European countries, as well as a few countries that are not in the EU
but their players dont need a work permit, for whatever reason.
Any player whose nationality is one of these countries can be signed without a
work permit:

Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
England
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
French Guyana
Germany
Greece
Guadeloupe
Holland
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Martinique
Mayotte
Monaco
Northern Ireland
New Caledonia
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Reunion
Saint Martin
Saint Pierre & Miquelon
San Marino
Scotland
Sint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Wales
Wallis & Futuna

Any player who is not from one of these countries (or doesn't have one of them
as a second nationality) will need a work permit. The next section explains
why a player might get a work permit and why many players will not be given
one...


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                       WHO GETS A WORK PERMIT? ...AND WHY?

The reasons for players not being allowed a work permit are never really given
in the game itself (or in the manual) but it's basically to do with how good
or well known the player is.

The following things seem to be taken into account:

                             Player Ability
                             Number of International Caps
                             Age of Player

A young, untested player from somewhere like or Indonesia or New Zealand, who
no one has really heard of is very unlikely to be given a work permit.

A player who is a bit older, has plenty of international experience, is a very
good player and is very well known (someone like Carlos Tevez or Robinho) is
almost certain to get a work permit.


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                                     TIPS

- The best thing you can do is if you find a young player that you don't think
will get a permit is to check if they have an EU second nationality. Check in
the "Personal" screen of the player's profile and it will be listed under
"Other Nationalities" if he has one.

- You can also get a scout to look at the player (by clicking "Get Scout
Report" in the player's profile) and in the report he will say if he thinks
the player will be allowed a work permit.

- If all else fails, just try buying the player. You won't know until after
he has agree a contract but even if he gets turned down you always get one
chance to appeal and sometimes you just get lucky.


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Well that's the end of my Football Manager 2005 EU-Work Permits Guide.
I'd appreciate any feedback if you've got the time. Let me know if you think
I've missed anything or got something wrong or if you'd like to see a guide on
another part of this great game.
My email address is: dan2003nz@hotmail.com


Copyright 2005 Dan Adams