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    Work Permits FAQ by villanzUK

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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

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