Federation Internationale de Football Association recommends pushing back transfer window, extending expiring contracts

Tanya Simon
April 7, 2020

Many are likely right to point out that the current state with contracts running out on June 30 could come before the season formally resumes and they have been asking for some form of clarification.

Such is the gravity of the situation that it's widely regarded seasons will stretch into July or August, or possibly beyond.

This from Federation Internationale de Football Association will give some clarity but there are some questioning whether it will be clarity enough bearing in mind that there is no season start date signalled and whether clubs can afford to extend contracts and pay wages with no income streams coming to aforementioned clubs.

FIFA has also looked at football employment agreements during this crisis and "strongly encourages clubs and players to work together to find agreements and solutions during the period when football is suspended".

When agreements can not be reached, FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber or Players' Status Committee will consider the economic situation of the club, how much money is due, whether the club's decision applied to the entire squad or specific employees and whether the club had acted in good faith in their negotiations.

In March, the virus forced national football leagues and global competitions to suspend fixtures until further notice, which may push the resumption of divisions to 2020 summer.

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Furthermore, the body said it would be "flexible" with regards to the dates of the next transfer window for respective leagues, such that they can still fall between the end of this season and the start of the next.

On the subject of transfer windows, it said: "Again, it is necessary to adjust the normal regulatory position to the new factual circumstances".

President Gianni Infantino hopes the proposals will "serve to bring a measure of stability and clarity to football for the foreseeable future".

FIFA's plans will also confirm that player contracts can now be extended so current squad members can complete the season beyond the end of their original deal on June 30.

"But before these times come, one thing must be clear to everyone, especially now: health comes first, well before football".

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