FIFA have set up a ‘working group’ to discuss the summer transfer window, which could now potentially stay open until January, as football’s authorities discuss proposals amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The suspension of top-level football across the world has surrounded the season and calendar in uncertainty, with the transfer window amongst the topics to have been discussed by FIFA in recent weeks. The current summer window is scheduled to open in July and August, but with the current season delayed at present, changes are now being considered.
According to the Mirror, EFL clubs have already discussed extending the window, whilst the Premier League are also looking at alternatives – though top-flight clubs are bound by FIFA rules on transfers and player registrations.
FIFA have now created a ‘working group’ to look at a variety of situations including the expiration of player contracts as well as potentially extending the transfer window, with the report claiming the summer window could remain open until January.
“On 18 March the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided to establish a FIFA-Confederations Working Group in response to COVID-19,” a ‘FIFA spokesperson’ told the newspaper.
“This Working Group will assess the need for amendments or temporary dispensations to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ to protect contracts for both players and clubs and adjusting player registration periods.
“This work has already started and will be conducted in consultation with all key stakeholders, including confederations, member associations, clubs, leagues and players.”