FIFA aims to help clubs avoid using agents

FIFA aims to help clubs avoid using agents

Published Jan. 8, 2013 5:13 p.m. ET

FIFA aims to ''revolutionize'' the transfer market by helping clubs avoid using agents, who took commissions averaging 28 percent in cross-border player deals in 2012.

FIFA said Tuesday it is developing a system to help clubs deal directly with each other, and give information about players available to sign.

''This will revolutionize the international and national transfer system,'' Jacques Anouma, chairman of the FIFA Club Football Committee, said after it met Tuesday.

Clubs have told FIFA they often have to rely on intermediaries who push up the overall cost of a transfer.


FIFA aims to respond by offering clubs a paid-for service, called Global Player Exchange. National associations will also be invited to subscribe.

''These new optional services will have the same core aim of improving transparency,'' FIFA said in a statement. ''Subscribing clubs will be able to access market information and interact with each other.''

FIFA is also working to restrict agents' business by preparing rules that will limit third-party investments in players' transfer rights.

Proposed regulations on agents are set to be discussed by the FIFA executive committee, which meets March 20-21 in Zurich.

In March, FIFA also plans to publish a detailed breakdown of last year's international transfer business, which was worth more than $3 billion (then ?2.25 billion) in 2011.

FIFA said its online transfer booking service approved 11,555 international signings in 2012, where players moved between clubs in different countries - a one-percent decrease from the previous year.

Club representatives at Tuesday's meeting were told FIFA will pay teams $2,850 per day for players called into national team squads at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The daily payments come from a $70 million compensation fund FIFA set up some years ago, though European clubs have pressed for more.

FIFA has since agreed to insure international players' salaries while on national duty, giving clubs more protection if their employees are injured while away.