A question has been raised regarding the current position on player eligibility, and if this should be adjusted for the ETC's purposes.
Currently the position is that a player must be a citizen (generally taken to be nationality which will be indicated by passports), and they must also meet other requirements - either being born in a place, having grandparents born there, or have lived there for a period of two years.
The last point, residency, was introduced by FIFA as a minimum requirement to avoid countries granting passports to secure the best players for their national teams. Since that's unlikely to be a concern for a gaming team, this ground currently doesn't make much sense.
It has been raised that it has been interpreted in previous years that two years residency is enough to amount to citizenship. However, that is not in line with the charter as originally drafted, or the new one.
So a further suggestion has been raised that we should look to rugby for the criteria for players, rather than FIFA. Having discussed, one proposal which might work is as follows:
"Players are eligible for a Country provided they meet one of the following conditions:
1) They hold a passport issued by the Country
2) They were born in the Country
3) One or more of their grandparent's were born in the Country
4) They have been resident in the Country in the 3 years prior to registering for the relevant ETC Event"
This would allow players to represent the country they currently live in, but residency could only apply to one country.
The only other issue, not one currently addressed, is if the Captains have any issue with a player representing different Countries in successive years? Should there be a restriction on this, or is it not a concern?