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.

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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.

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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.

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