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  • David Tyrer

Big changes to summer window, FIFA confirm

As it looks ever more likely that the remainder of the league season will take place over the summer months, the question of when the next transfer window will open has come up.

The likelihood is that the season will get back underway again in June, most probably behind closed doors, and over the course of 4-5 weeks. We'll likely have a much shorter summer break, considering the time 'off' the players will have had during the pandemic.

Amongst changes to when the domestic league seasons across Europe will end, FIFA have also advised about when the transfer windows can, and should, stay open until.

A FIFA statement read: "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."

There was also a part stating that player's contracts should not be terminated until when the extended season has ended, allowing players the chance to find another club when the season's finished.

The statement went on: "It is proposed that contracts be extended until such time that the season does actually end. This should be in line with the original intention of the parties when the contract was signed and should also preserve sporting integrity and stability.

"A similar principle applies to contracts due to begin when the new season starts, meaning the entry into force of such contracts is delayed until the next season actually does start."

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