FIFA decisions on the regulation of transfers after the effects of COVID-19

FIFA has approved new temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfers of Players and to the Rules governing the work of the Dispute Resolution Chamber.

Following the recommendations and guidelines issued on 7 April to address some of the key regulatory issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, the FIFA administration held 13 seminars with representatives of member associations, confederations, the World League Forum and the Association of European Clubs. They were attended by more than 350 participants.

The consultation process led to the formation of a group of issues that needed further discussion, as well as several new regulatory issues. On this basis, the working group chaired by Vittorio Montagliani, which worked on these issues, developed temporary amendments to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfers of Players and to the Rules governing the work of the Players' Status Committee and the Dispute Settlement Chamber.

In particular, the temporary regulatory changes approved by the Bureau of the FIFA Council include the following:

- Players are allowed to register in a maximum of three clubs, and they have the right to play in official matches for three clubs during one season;

- to enable clubs to complete the 2019/2020 season with the old lineups, to allow those associations that hold the season in two calendar years to plan their calendar for the next season before the end of the current one and to start the first registration stage for the 2020/2021 season also before the end of the season -2019/2020 under certain conditions.

FIFA official release

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