Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Who has to register an intermediary / players' agent with the DFB?
Applying for the registration of an intermediary / players' agent according to Article 3 DFB Regulations for Players' Agents (hereinafter referred to as 'RfSV', the German abbreviation of Reglement für Spielervermittlung) is reserved for clubs and players. In principle, everyone involved in a relevant transaction as a player agent must be registered with the DFB by the club or the player concerned.
Who can have themselves pre-registered with the DFB as a player agent?
Anyone can pre-register with the DFB as an intermediary / players' agent. In principle, the same conditions apply to any natural person and/or legal entitys. No exceptions will be made; this includes lawyers or persons who held a license under the old, now invalid licensing system.
What is the difference between registration (Art. 3 RfSV) and pre-registration (Art. 4 RfSV))?
A registration according to Art. 3 RfSV must take place after completion of a relevant transaction (transfer to a new club, conclusion of initial contract, contract extension). A voluntary pre-registration according to Art. 4 RfSV may be made at any time before the conclusion of a relevant transaction. Pre-registered intermediaries / players' agents are included in the pertinent list published on the DFB homepage. A pre-registration reduces the registration effort for all participating clubs (and players) from the first transaction onwards, as the fee will already have been paid and the criminal record clearance certificate submitted. In addition, a pre-registration signals to clubs and players that the agent is able and willing to meet, and abide by, the applicable regulations.
When is pre-registration possible?
In principle, pre-registration for the current season is possible at any time. Since applications for pre-registration for the following season can be made as early as February 1 of each year, we recommend for you to apply for pre-registration by April 30 of the season in progress.
How long does it take to process an application for pre-registration?
If all documents are complete, comply with the applicable regulations and the invoice issued by the DFB Accounting Dept. has been settled, you can expect the confirmation to be sent and published on dfb.de within approximately four weeks.
How long is the (pre-)registration valid? / Is it possible to pre-register for several years in advance?
A pre-registration is always valid until the end of the respective season (30 June of any one year) and must again be applied for in time for each following season by resubmitting all necessary documents. However, the criminal record clearance certificate only needs to be resubmitted every other season.
What else has to be considered for registration according to Art. 3 RfSV?
A registration according to Art. 3 RfSV must be carried out after completion of every relevant transaction (transfer to a new club, conclusion of initial contract, contract extension). This applies regardless of whether the agent has already been pre-registered or has been registered within the scope of one or more other transaction(s). In this case, however, only one intermediary declaration and one copy of the intermediary contract must be submitted for further registrations in the relevant season. In the case of a transaction concerning a DFL club, the intermediary contract must only be submitted to the DFL.
How can I speed up the processing of my application?
The quickest way to speed up the processing of your application is to complete all necessary documents and applications electronically or at least legibly (pls use block letters) as required and submit them in advance by e-mail (pls use PDF files only) and at the same time send the originals by mail.
Is there a restriction on the upload of documents?
Yes, the attached files should not exceed 5MB in size.
Can the DFB automatically send me an invoice for a new registration in the next season?
No. Invoices will only be issued after the DFB Finance Dept. has received an application and all necessary documents have been submitted in the required manner for a specific season or transaction.
Who can I contact if I have a question about the invoice?
Please contact directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Does the registration fee only have to be paid once per company/agency?
No. The registration fee is due each season for each individual intermediary / players' agent.
Can I delete certain clauses in the intermediary statement before I sign it?
No. Only a signed original DFB Intermediary Statement, without any deletions, will be accepted for the pre-registration and registration process.
Do I have to submit proof that I have taken out financial damage liability insurance?
No. The DFB does not make taking out financial damage liability insurance a mandatory condition for a person to work as an intermediary/ player's agent. However, we do strongly recommend providing for such insurance cover on a voluntary basis.
Which documents are considered the foreign equivalent of the German criminal record clearance certificate?
The document presented must indisputably refer to the person who wishes to be registered as an intermediary / players' agent, not to the company/agency the intermediary is working for (e.g. no extract from the commercial register).
The following documents are considered equivalents:
France: Extrait du casier judiciaire
Italy: Certificato Penale del Casellario Giudiziale
The Netherlands: Certificate of good conduct
Spain: Antecedentes penales
UK: Criminal record (DBS)
Which kind of document counts as a criminal record clearance certificate if mine does not correspond to any of the above?
A corresponding foreign document according to Art. 2 no.2, para2 of the RfSV in one of the FIFA languages according to the FIFA Statutes or the original document issued in the respective country plus an officially certified German translation, also in the original.
What do I have to do if my country of residence does not issue any tax identity numbers or VAT identity numbers and I am therefore unable to make an entry to that effect in the application document?
In this case, the applicant must prove by means of an original document issued by the competent authority that such ID numbers do not exist in the country of residence. The same language requirements apply as for the criminal record clearance certificate described above.
Do electronic documents meet the requirements mentioned above?
Basically no, unless there is an original document serving as officially confirmed proof by the issuing authority that there are basically no hardcopy versions of such a document. This officially confirmed proof must be attached to the application in the original and also requires a certified German translation, which shall also be submitted to the DFB in the original.
Are there passes for intermediaries / players' agents?
No. No passes or identity cards are issued. Old cards must be returned to the DFB in accordance with Art. 10 no. 2 RfSV. Registered agents receive a confirmation of registration issued by the DFB in German. We recommend keeping this confirmation in a safe place.
Can I register my company?
No. But the company concerned may be mentioned on the Registered Intermediaries' List on the DFB homepage together with the intermediary's / players' agent's name.
How old may the criminal record clearance certificate be?
The certificate must not be older than three (3) months at the time of submission.
As an intermediary /players' agent registered with the DFB, may I also work abroad?
No, registration and pre-registration with the DFB are only valid for the activity as an intermediary in Germany
Do I have to have a residence in Germany?
What title am I allowed to carry after registration?
You are allowed to carry the title of "intermediary / players' (pre-)registered with the DFB".
Am I allowed to use the DFB's word and/or picture trademarks?
Are there any exceptions to the terms and conditions described above?
Status: November 4, 2020