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 game’s world governing body announced on Thursday (June 11).
Fifa 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 in Europe as the summer 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.