NZ Men’s National Team Eligibility Criteria


Player Eligibility (based on eligibility for 2010 World Championships)

Player Eligibility – Passport
The prime criterion for player eligibility is to be an actual passport holder of the country being represented. The passport being obtained by birth, by right or by naturalisation.

Non – Passport Holders – Limitation of Numbers
Any squad for any FIL event shall have at least 85% (in all cases rounded downwards) of the playing squad qualifying by holding a passport of the Nation concerned. Qualification by other than possessing a passport for the country concerned will be limited to 15% (in all cases rounded upwards).
For current squad sizes this would be 85% of 23, which is 19.55 rounded down to 19.
Consequently the maximum number of Non-Passport Holders would be 4.

Eligibility Requirements for “Non- Passport” Holders
Any player wishing to qualify for one of the “non-passport” holder positions (up to 4) must meet at least one (1) of the conditions below:

One or both birth parents, adoptive parents or step-parents born in the country

One or more birth or adoptive grandparents born in the country
Step-Grand Parents are not acceptable

Partner / spouse being a passport holder of the country, with the qualification that the partner/spouse, and husband, must be resident in the country being represented
Note 1 : In the event of death of the partner /spouse this would not prevent the individual from qualifying by this criteria.
Note 2 : Divorce from the partner /spouse would disqualify the individual from qualifying by this criteria.
Note 3 : This criterion relates to accepted marriage in the context of a civil or religious ceremony. “Common –law “ situations and /or partnerships without such formal acceptance (and hence supporting documentation) will not be accepted.

Minimum of a two-year residency period in the playing country within the last five (5) years.
This does not necessarily have to be a continuous period but a cumulative total period of two (2) years over the previous five (5) years.

Prior Qualification
Individuals who qualified for, and played for, a country under the eligibility criteria operative before the July 2004 changes remain qualified to play for that country in perpetuity and will be treated as a passport holder (i.e. will not be subject to the Limitation on Non-Passport holders. Countries have submitted the names within this group and these are held within the Competition Committee.

The selection policy and process will be provided to players prior to the trials in January 2014.