BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona says it asking FIFA to ease restrictions on some of its youth players connected to the club's one-year transfer ban.

Last year, FIFA punished Barcelona for breaking rules regarding the transfer of youth players by banning the club from signing new first-team members during 2015.

Barcelona says that is has ''presented a request to regularize the situation of, amongst others, five players from the youth teams.''

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It says FIFA has ruled that these players are currently not allowed ''to train, play or live at the club's facilities.''

Barcelona's La Masia training academy has produced a steady stream of world class talents, including Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.