Grigor Pasha writes: The regulations for the Bulgarian second tier aren’t particularly complicated. It’s not like the MLS, where you need someone to write a guide to help you make sense of it all.

But there are a couple of regulations that could trip you up if you’re not paying attention.

The first, the implications of which I explained in a previous post, is the requirement to have at least two U21s-trained-for-at-least-3-years-in-Bulgaria on the pitch at any one time.

The second concerns a stipulation concerning registration. Although there are two transfer windows, there’s only one registration period.

The implications of this are:

  1. If you sign someone in the winter window, you won’t be able to register them (and so won’t be able to play them in the league) until the next season.
  2. It’s unlikely any of the other clubs in the same league will want to sign any of your players at this time of year.

There is still some scope for transfers, albeit limited. You might be able to transfer players out to foreign clubs. Romanian clubs in particularly seem interested in recruiting from Bulgaria, perhaps because they know the market here in winter will be under-heated.

And you can bring in players on free transfers, because they can be registered at any time.

Which has enabled us to bring in the boy Georgiev.


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