On September 24, a meeting of the FIFA Interest Groups Committee was held, which brings together federations, confederations, leagues, clubs and players. At this meeting, a series of reforms were introduced that will introduce significant changes to the transfer system to ensure the transparency of the system and protect its integrity. Thus, in the absence of approval by the FIFA Council, the reforms consist of:
1. Creation of the Clearing House
This body will be responsible for processing player transfers to expedite and simplify payments related to transfers, that is, transfer fees, amounts of compensation for training and solidarity mechanism, and commissions for intermediaries.
2. TMS nationwide
The introduction of an electronic system of registration of transfers at the national level in each country will be mandatory, therefore, FIFA affiliates must adopt a system similar to the TMS (Transfer Matching System). The TMS was approved by FIFA in 2009 and started its operation in October 2010, to date, it is only used to record international player transfers.
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3. New rules for intermediaries
New rules will be established that will more strictly regulate the activity of intermediaries, among the modifications include:
- The licensing of intermediaries would be subject to the passing of an aptitude test, which was already implemented in the old FIFA Agents regulations.
- Imposition of compensation limits that intermediaries receive for their work.
- The payment of commissions to intermediaries through the Clearing House.
4. New regulations on player transfers
The new regulations on assignments of soccer players will limit the number of players assigned per club to eight per season. Likewise, transfers by bridge clubs will be banned (which has never been prohibited, especially now with the confirmation of the TAS regarding this issue) and player sub-loans between clubs.
5. The application of the solidarity mechanism to national transfers under international standards
It is proposed that the solidarity mechanism as regulated in the Regulations of the Statute and Transfer of FIFA Players (Article 21 and Annex 5), will also be caused in transfers between clubs belonging to the same association.
From the analysis of these reforms, we find that FIFA has paved the way for the achievement of several objectives. Thus, the first and second proposals are aimed at ensuring greater security and transparency in player transactions, allowing FIFA to have greater supervisory powers over them.
The third proposal seeks to establish a stricter regulation regarding intermediaries, with this, FIFA seeks to have greater control over their activities and to some extent prevent intermediaries from abusing their position, sometimes privileged, to the detriment of Clubs and players.
The fourth and fifth proposals have a double focus, on the one hand, it is desired to encourage training and amateur football by guaranteeing greater resources to training clubs and more opportunities for young players; and, on the other, to prevent large clubs from escaping their obligation to pay training clubs the values related to the formation of players.
Finally, it should be emphasized that the FIFA Council must still approve these reforms at the meeting to be held on October 26 of this year. Likewise, in order to determine more precisely the scope and scope of these reforms, it will be necessary to wait for FIFA to issue the final text of the new regulation. Therefore, the information on these is still subject to changes that may be introduced.