It seemed inevitable as the tentative dates for football returning kept getting pushed back that some things could have to change to compensate. We’re already missing out on the 2020 Euros as well as the 2020 Olympics, which both got postponed until summer 2021.
Now FIFA has clarified their plans for the summer transfer window, which, as it currently stands, is scheduled to take place during the final games of the Premier League season. In England, the Premier League summer transfer window begins on July 1st and runs until August 31st.
The football governing made the decision that the league could postpone the window to coincide with the completion of their season, whenever that may be. This will avoid confusion when the time comes.
“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,” FIFA confirmed in a statement.
In addition to this, FIFA also decided that in the case of a player with an expiring contract, finishing the current campaign will take precedence over any potential moves. For Liverpool, this means that Adam Lallana, whose contract was set to end in June, would see out the season with the Reds, however long that might take.
“Expiring player contracts usually end when the season ends, with a termination date that coincides with the end of the season,” said FIFA.
“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.”
These seem like common sense steps for FIFA to take as they try to navigate these uncharted territories. If a disgruntled player chooses to take this decision to court, it’s unknown how that could play out.
England doesn’t seem close to out of the woods yet, so any restart of the season would likely have to wait until into June to begin, which could push back the transfer window into the fall.