FIFA has announced big changes to the transfer window and players’ contracts as it reacts to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Originally scheduled to open on July 1st, the summer transfer window will now only start when the current seasons finish. Whilst they have set no firm dates for this, they have stipulated that it should fall between the end of the 2019—2020 season, and the start of the following campaign, whenever that turns out to begin.
In a bid to prevent clubs in various leagues being disadvantaged if divisions finish and begin their seasons at different times, FIFA has also agreed to harmonise dates as far as possible across the various countries.
Meanwhile those players whose current deals end on June 30th will see their contracts extended until such time as their respective league seasons finish. New deals will now start in line with the beginning of the rescheduled 2020 – 2021 season.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.