OFFICIAL: FIFA will allow player contracts to extend until season ends


FIFA are to allow the summer transfer window to be moved and has recommended player contracts be extended until the season ends.

“With regard to transfer windows, again, it is necessary to adjust the normal regulatory position to the new factual circumstances,” FIFA said in a statement. “Accordingly, FIFA will be flexible and will allow the relevant transfer windows to be moved so they fall between the end of the old season and the start of the new season.

“At the same time, FIFA will try to ensure, where possible, an overall level of coordination and will also bear in mind the need to protect the regularity, integrity and proper functioning of competitions, so that the sporting results of any competition are not unfairly disrupted.”

Additionally, FIFA says that clubs and leagues should “provide fair and equitable solutions tailored to these circumstances” when it comes to balancing the loss of revenue with maintaining jobs.

That includes looking into government measures to support workers financially while adding that, if an agreement cannot be reached, FIFA will listen to cases.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly changed all the factual circumstances around football for this season,” said FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

“So, FIFA, together with the stakeholders, has come up with some practical ideas and proposals to tackle these new circumstances. Whilst this will not solve each and every problem, it should serve to bring a measure of stability and clarity to football for the foreseeable future.

“We hope that this collaborative effort, under the leadership of FIFA, can provide a positive example of how football can come together and show unity, solidarity and a spirit of compromise in order to face the challenging times ahead – but before these times come, one thing must be clear to everyone, especially now: health comes first, well before football.”