Every player bound by the Anti-Doping Regulations may be asked to undergo a doping control performed either by FIFA or the relevant association at the sporting competition in which he is playing. The player is drawn by authorised doping control officers at half-time of the match. Furthermore, a player can be tested at any time, as often as desired and in any place out of competition. The controls comprise urine and, if required, blood tests.
Doping control process
FIFA is entitled to conduct doping controls in respect of all clubs and players that belong to a member association or take part in a FIFA competition.
FIFA’s main focus is on players who are in its international registered testing pool (IRTP) and on athletes who are either taking part in or preparing for a sporting competition.
Players are obliged to undergo doping controls, submitting a urine sample and, if required, a blood sample. They must also submit to all medical examinations that are deemed necessary by the officials. In addition, the officer’s instructions must be followed, as refusing a control can lead to a ban lasting several years.
IMPORTANT: players do not have to undergo the doping control alone: they can be accompanied by the team doctor or a team-mate.