FIFA will allow leagues to open their transfer windows before the current, delayed season has been completed as football recovers from the impact of the lengthy coronavirus shutdown.
The football governing body has passed a series of temporary amendments to help deal with the havoc to the football calendar caused by the health crisis.
Most notably, these include allowing the “first registration period” better known as the June Transfer window to “overlap” with the delayed end to this season by up to four weeks.
In normal circumstances, the transfer window does not open until the season has been completed, but many leagues are only just restarting having been halted in March, and will not now finish in many cases until late July.
However, while transfers will be permitted before this season ends, clubs will not be able to field new signings until the next season begins.
The same rule will apply to players moving under freedom of contract. The transfer window can stay open for up to 12 weeks.
In the case of players whose existing contracts are due to expire before what will now be the end of this season, FIFA has called on clubs to extend those deals “in good faith and on terms that are equitable and reasonable.”
FIFA has also recommended that players who have signed pre-contract agreements to join new clubs on July 1 be allowed to stay at their current clubs until the season ends.
Meanwhile, it has also introduced an amendment allowing players who are free agents to play for three different clubs in the course of the same season “in order to avoid any concerns regarding unemployed players”.
Usually players can only represent two clubs in the same season.
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