National League: International Transfer Fee Update

Circulation: NVL Team Secretaries, Handbook Contacts, Club Secretaries, NVL Players, Competitions Commission

The CEV have advised Volleyball England that we need to apply the International Transfer process to all Divisions in the National League, rather than just the Super 8s and Division 1 as we had previously understood.  Given that the season is already well underway, we will begin implementing the transfer process for player registrations in Divisions 2 and 3, on all Player Registrations which require an International Transfer from 1st January 2016.  Players who have already been registered prior to 1st January 2016 will not be affected this season, but you will need to bear in mind that from the 2016-17 season the International Transfers process will apply to all players requiring an International Transfer.

Should you wish to read the International Transfer Regulations they can be found here from page 68 onwards.  Below is a summary of the main points.

To summarise;

International Transfers affect any player whose Federation of Origin is not Volleyball England – “Federation of Origin” is the National Federation where a player is first registered. This does not necessarily have to be the same as the National Federation that matches a players Nationality. For example, a player could be Polish by Nationality, yet first registered to play Volleyball in England, so their Federation of Origin would be Volleyball England.

The FIVB have defined Federation of Origin as follows;


41.4.1 The Federation which is the first to:

  1. a) register the player in its national team for an FIVB, World or Official Competition through the final FIVB O-2bis Form, with the player’s presence being certified by the Control Committee; or
  2. b) issue a national license for the player or otherwise register the player within its Federation;

is considered to be the player’s Federation of Origin regardless of the player’s citizenship.

Any player who fall under the above criteria will need to provide the following information – copy of passport (if a dual passport holder a copy of both passports), federation of origin, club of origin, current citizenship, nationality, and whether they have played for a National Team.

Administrative Transfer Fees (fees payable to FIVB / CEV) and Transfer Fees (payable to Federation of Origin);

Super 8s;

European Players- No fee payable to the CEV, however up to €1300 can be charged by the Federation of Origin. The vast majority of countries recognise that we have an amateur league and therefore charge a greatly reduced fee, or do not charge at all. You can use the CEV calculator (link below) to determine the maximum fee a Federation can charge for a player from any given European country;

‘Rest of the World’ players- No fee payable to the FIVB, and currently no limit on the amount that can be charged by the Federation of Origin.

The highest fee charged to date has been 500EU (Hungary) however the next highest is Switzerland at 150EU.

Division 1, 2 and 3;

European players- No fee payable to the CEV, however up to €50 can be charged by the Federation of Origin.

‘Rest of the World’ players- No fee payable to the FIVB, and currently no limit on the amount that can be charged by the Federation of Origin.

No country, irrespective of European or Rest of the World, has charged more than 50EU to date for Division 1 players so we would expect the majority of Division 2 and 3 players to be processed for free.

International Duty
Please note that by requesting Volleyball England to proceed with an International Transfer, you are agreeing that should said player be called up for International duty, they will be released 10 days prior to the beginning of the FIVB, World or Official Competition. Please also be aware that fees payable to the CEV or FIVB may be required should any club decide to enter an International Club Competition with ITC players in their squad.

The Volleyball Information System (VIS)

It is a requirement for all players who require an International Transfer who have not already been registered on the Volleyball Information System (VIS; to provide us with a copy of their passport and a high resolution photo.  If the details held about your existing passport have expired, you will need to provide us with a copy of your new passport.

If you are registering a player who requires an International Transfer, they will not be able to play in the NVL until the transfer process is complete. Emergency/on the day registrations for players who fall into this category are therefore no longer possible from 1st January 2016.

Administrative Support from Volleyball England

Volleyball England will provide administrative support to complete all International Transfers for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, but can only do so when provided with the full details requested, and cannot be responsible for any delays caused by not having the information requested.  Delays in the individual player signing off the ITC, or payment of Transfer fees is not the responsibility of Volleyball England.

NVL Player Registration Form

The NVL Player Registration form has been updated, this form is available from the NVL section of the website and attached for your convenience.  From 1st January 2016, we will not accept any older versions of the form, and we will not complete any Player Registrations without this form being completed in full.

If you have any questions about International Transfers, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Jonathan Moore
Competitions Manager

Volleyball England

DD: 01509 227727

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