One of Guyana’s football prodigies, Jeremy Garrett will be heading to Portugal next year for another try-out at Sporting Clube de Portugal, which could see him being signed by the marque European club.
According to Alex Bunbury, Guyana Football Ambassador and the man who made the audition possible, “he made a good impression on his trial that he’s been invited back for pre-season in July and if all goes well, when he’s 18 a contract could be offered! How awesome is this! They wouldn’t offer him a contact now due to the FIFA international rules that prohibits you from signing a under 18 foreign player if his parents don’t have a working visa”.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) ruling that Bunbury is referring to is Article 19 of FIFA rules and regulations which relates to ‘Protection of Minors’. The article states that “International transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18”.The article does, however, allow three exceptions to the rule: a) The player’s parents move to the country in which the new club is located for reasons not linked to football; b) The transfer takes place within the territory of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) and the player is aged between 16 and 18; and finally the player lives no further than 50km from a national border and the club with which the player wishes to be registered in the neighbouring association is also within 50km of that border.
The maximum distance between the player’s domicile and the club’s headquarters shall be 100km. In such cases, the player must continue to live at home and the two associations concerned must give their explicit consent.
The Fruta Conquerors defender and National Under-17 captain has expressed his elation over the results of the try-out and is eager to return and impress to seal a historic signing. Sporting CP is famous for its renowned youth program.
The club created two FIFA World Player of the Year winners (Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo), two Ballon d’Or winners (Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo) and one runner-up (Paulo Futre), and one FIFA Ballon d’Or winner (Cristiano Ronaldo). The academy also produced six UEFA Champions League winners (Paulo Futre, Luís Figo, Nuno Valente, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma) and a large number of players who represented their country at the full international level more than 50 times, including Miguel, João Moutinho, Miguel Veloso and Simão.
In 2010, the academy was the first and only sports academy in Europe to receive the a quality certification awarded by EIC, a Portuguese anonymous society responsible for this type of reward, which is recognised both locally and internationally.
This is a testimony to Sporting’s excellence in several different areas, such as: their ability to raise up youngsters not only athletically, but also academically; Sporting responsibility towards ethical and social aspects, as well as their struggle to maintain the club values above everything else; quality of their infrastructures/facilities; their coaching and medical staff skills; scouting area.