Effective from the commencement of the 2022/2023 football season, registration of football players and club officials will be done using the National Identification Card, otherwise known as the Ghana Card, national passport and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Card, the GFA has communicated.
The new policy directive, according the Ghana Football Association (GFA), is “to curb duplication of player registration in the Connect and to support government policy”.
In view of the new directive, all clubs affiliated to the GFA are entreated to register their players and club officials, using the aforementioned national identification documents as the only mandatory proof of identity.
In a letter from the GFA addressed to all clubs, dated April 7, 2022, and signed by Prosper Harrison Addo, Esq., General Secretary of the FA, it the FA stated as follows:
“As part of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) policy to curb duplication of player registration in the Connect and to support government policy, we are entreating all clubs affiliated to the GFA to register all your players and officials by using the following documents as a proof of identity:
- Players aged 15 years and above MUST use the NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION CARD (GHANA CARD).
- Players aged below 15 years of age MUST use passport or National Health Insurance card and these documents must be changed in the system to Ghana Card in the subsequent registration when the player attain 15 years of age”.
The introduction of the above new requirements is applicable to both new and renewal of player registrations. To a larger extend, the implications are that the data one provides on the newly introduced documents, i.e the Ghana Card, the Passport and NHIS card must be compatible with what is already in the registration system.
Registrations will be rejected if it turns out that the information in the system differ from what is on the required documents. Players and club officials who do not posses any of the required documents as part of the new policy must do well to acquire one before they are eligible for registration for the 2022/23 football season.
Find attached the official letter from the GFA to the clubs: