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World body Fi considers changes to nationality rules

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In 2004,Antar Yahia made historywhen becoming the first player to represent one national team at senior level having played for another at youth level.

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Previously, a footballer who had played for one country in a competitive international at both senior and junior level was not permitted to change nationality.

Immigration is changing. There are nationality issues that pop up all over the world - in Africa, (and) there are issues in Asia and Concacaf.

Fi is considering changing the rules that govern a players eligibility to represent a national team.

There are so many issues that have popped up, said Fis Victor Montagliani. The world is changing.

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The move came following pressure from the Algerian federation.

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Yahia, who would go on tosend Algeria to the 2010 World Cup,had played for Frances Under-18 side.

Cape Verdes football federation has proposed this rule be relaxed in cases where a player has played only once or twice for a national side.

So its a good time to have a look at this and see if there are solutions without hurting the integrity of the game.

Montagliani said his committee is considering changing that period and possibly increasing it as well.

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He added that Fi may also look into a compensation scheme in cases where a player goes through the training system of one country and represents it a youth level before switching to another.

The Canadian, who heads up Fis stakeholders committee, is president of Concacaf, which represented North and Central America as well as the Caribbean federation.

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At present, players who have played a competitive international for one team cannot switch to another national side.

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Another Fi rule dictates that players with no blood connection to a country are only allowed to represent it if they have lived and played there for five years.

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