MANCHESTER – Existing contracts for players and coaches are expected to extend until the end of the delayed domestic soccer seasons, according to an FIFA internal document presented to the Coronavirus Working Group.
The confidential document, which Reuters found, also recommended allowing transfer windows in accordance with the new deadlines and urging clubs and players to work together to find solutions to stoppage payouts.
The document should be discussed by members of FIFA’s Working Group later on Thursday. No decision has been made on the issues FIFA has raised.
FIFA established the working group on March 18 and said in a statement that it would “review the need for amendments or temporary dispensation in FIFA’s Rules on Player Status and Transfer ‘to protect contracts for both players. and club and player registration arrangements.
“This work has already begun and will be carried out in consultation with all key stakeholders, including confederations, member associations, clubs, leagues and players,” FIFA added.
Most domestic and international football competitions around the world have been suspended due to pandemics and national team competitions such as Euro 2020 and Copa America being delayed.
While the leagues inside are hoping to continue when the threat from the virus backfires, concrete start dates have not been fixed.
This will leave the issue of expired player contracts, often timed to expire at the end of a given period, as a potential headache.
The working group’s main suggestion in the document seen by Reuters was that “where an agreement is to expire on the original expiration date, such expiry will extend to the new termination date. of time. “
The same procedure will apply to deals for next season, which delayed their start date in accordance with the calendar move.
The risk of some domestic divisions starting and ending earlier or some national leagues with a different start date in other countries is also addressed in the document.
“In the case of overlay periods and / or registration periods, and unless all parties agree otherwise, the former club should give priority to completing their period in their original squad. , to preserve the integrity of a league championship. “
Transfer payments between clubs, scheduled around the start of the league and end dates must also be delayed until the new start date of a season or its initial registration period, the document says states.
The working group will also address the issue of clubs’ responsibility to pay their staff when the leagues are suspended.
The document states that clubs, players and coaches should be encouraged to work together to agree on pay cuts and deferrals.
However they should consider the alternative, where possible, that agreements between clubs and employees be suspended when teams are not playing or practicing.
It is also recommended that FIFA use its newly created ‘Fund for Professional Player’ to help ease the difficulties that clubs face.
Moving windows, adjusted around and beginning of the seasons, also need to be adjusted to fit the revised time dates and the document suggests these changes should be allowed, as long as the maximum 16- week period. (Reporting by Simon Evans Editing by Toby Davis)