FIFA has announced that transfer windows can open before the end of the campaign
Football leagues will be permitted to open transfer windows before the current season is concluded under new regulations issued by FIFA on Thursday.
The world governing body announced the measures in response to the delays to leagues across the globe caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has already said England’s top flight will not permit clubs to sign players before July 25, after the delayed campaign is brought to an end.
Most European leagues have similar plans in place, but FIFA new regulations would allow for windows to open earlier, stating that “associations following a dual-year calendar are permitted to commence the ‘first registration period’ for the 2020-21 season prior to the completion of the 2019-20 season, subject to conditions”.
FIFA also announced that players would be permitted to play for up to three clubs – rather than the usual two – during the same campaign.