The Best Thing for Timothy Weah to Play for Lone Star?

Timothy Weah (in the middle) stand alongside his father George Weah (R) and a PSG team official after signing a contract with PSG (Photo credit: PSG)

It is now a little over three months since Timothy Weah, the son of President George Weah told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that “It will be the best thing for my dad to lead Liberia,” when Liberia’s election was heading to a runoff.

He added, “This time, I feel they will get their votes’ worth and he is going to lead Liberia to a very bright future.”

As 18-year-old Weah expected, his optimism was backed by Liberian voters and his father won.

Since Liberians got to know that their soccer legend has a son that is involved with football and making headlines at PSG’s academy and the United States’ youth team, it remains the expectation of Liberians that the talented striker will make up his mind to wear the number 14 jersey for the Liberian national soccer team, Lone Star.

Although Tim Weah has featured for the United States U-17 team, FIFA’s regulations on eligibility to play for representative teams give Weah the right to send a formal request to the FIFA general secretariat to change Association.

According to Article 7, any player who refers to article 5: 1) to assume a new nationality and who has not played international football in accordance with article 5 par. 2) shall be eligible to play for the new representative team only if he fulfills one of the following conditions:

a) He was born on the territory of the relevant Association;
b) His biological mother or biological father was born on the territory of the relevant Association;
c) His grandmother or grandfather was born on the territory of the relevant Association;
d) He has lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant Association.

With this, Weah still has the option to play for the US, Liberia, France, and Jamaica.

Now that the “best thing” has happened to Liberia for Timothy Weah’s father to become president for Liberia and these available options, could it be the best thing for him to play for Lone Star?


    Is Timothy Weah a Liberian or USA citizen?
    Did Tim Weah play for the USA under 17 team? If so, then he is a USA citizen, because only US citizens play on the USA National teams. Therefore, Tim can not play for Liberia as both a USA and Liberian citizen (dual Citizenship). Until we can recognize dual citizenship, the issue of Tim Weah playing for Liberia should be abandoned or let him deny his USA citizenship in a USA court (which I doubt will happen) before playing for the Lone Star.


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