FIFA approves extensions of player contracts and transfer windows pushed

by April 7th, 2020

Plans aimed at rescuing the football season which will see player contracts extended and transfer windows put back are set to be approved by FIFA.

According to reports last week a task force from world football’s governing body had drawn up proposals that tackle the issue of contracts and transfers in the event of an extended season.

Confidential document sets out a range of measures which have been ‘adopted unanimously’ and from which FIFA ‘expects the necessary level of co-operation and compliance’ from member associations.

It’s understood that a series of ‘guiding principles’ have been passed through unanimously.

Contracts due to expire at the original end date of the season should be extended to the new end date, while contracts due to start next season should be put back to new start dates.

Where a player has moved to a club whose new season may have started before their old club’s has finished, priority should be given to the former club.

In situations where clubs cannot afford to pay players, FIFA encourage both parties to work together to find ‘collective agreements on a club or league basis’.

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