Sport Former Socceroos taking the fight to FIFA for global transfer reform

07:45  23 november  2019
07:45  23 november  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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A key committee at FIFA is expected to approve a series of proposals on Wednesday that would seek to reform the multibillion-dollar player transfer market by limiting the influence of the sport’s biggest agents and also prevent clubs like Chelsea, Juventus and Manchester City from stockpiling talent.

At previous tournaments, the Socceroos have been rated as one of the bottom eight sides, leading to difficult draws. With nine places yet to be filled, if four of those countries are also ranked below the Socceroos , Australia would be bumped into pot three for the draw – to take place in December.

Simon Colosimo© Getty Images Simon Colosimo Two former Socceroos are spearheading a movement to invoke the greatest changes to the global transfer market since the Bosman ruling over a quarter of a century ago.

Simon Colosimo and Francis Awaritefe are among the leaders of the world players union, FIFPro, which is attempting to allow players greater freedom of choice over their careers while regulating transfer fees and payments to agents.

Awaritefe is the vice-president of FIFPro, and Colosimo was appointed last week as the deputy general secretary of the organisation, which is in the midst of negotiations with FIFA and other stakeholders to make sweeping reforms to the transfer market.

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Meaningful change is essential to create a global organisation with a true love for the game at its heart.

The FIFA Council replaced a previous 25-person executive committee, part of an effort by FIFA to For example, the International Olympic Committee, another Swiss-based group that rivals FIFA for But as he talked regularly about reform , Infantino last year forced out the former Portuguese

Under the proposals, transfer values would be set and enforced by an algorithm based on a player's salary, length of contract, games played and other data.

Players not playing at clubs for reasons other than fitness would have access to unilateral termination, and training compensation fees could be abolished and replaced with greater dividends from transfer fees paid to development clubs (solidarity payments).

Francis Awaritefe posing for the camera: FIFPro vice-president Francis Awaritefe is looking to reform the global transfer market.© Supplied FIFPro vice-president Francis Awaritefe is looking to reform the global transfer market. Agent fees would be regulated and an independent "clearing house" established to monitor all payments made from the transfer of players.

"We are currently engaged in negotiations with FIFA as a stakeholder, along with the world league forum, the ECA [European Clubs Association] and the confederations in trying to effect a major reform of the transfer system since the present transfer system came into being in 2001," Awaritefe said.

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The Bosman ruling, which is named after former Belgian player Jean-Marc Bosman, came into effect in the European Union in 1995 and effectively meant that clubs could no longer block a move or demand a fee if a player left at the end of their contract.

The current market has become a trading market compared with the sale of horses, according to FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, and the data suggests the trickle-down economic argument of the transfer system doesn't stack-up.

In 2018, more than $10 billion was spent on player transfers around the world, of which $807 million was paid in agent commission fees while just $132 million went to the player's junior club.

Of the funds in circulation in the transfer market, the majority is spent in Europe, which contributes 80 per cent of the activity.

Star players in Europes big five leagues (England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany) often have a great degree of influence but those in minor leagues or second-tier competitions are at the mercy of their employers when it comes to career moves, which is creating a vulnerability for those players.

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"The vast majority of players are not in elite ranks and they have a position that's much harder to invoke their rights and protect their contracts than it is for the clubs," Bayer-Hoffman said.

a group of people playing football on a field: Making waves: Former Melbourne Heart defender Simon Colosimo is FIFPro's deputy general secretary.© Vince Caligiuri Making waves: Former Melbourne Heart defender Simon Colosimo is FIFPro's deputy general secretary. In particular, FIFPro wants to prevent players languishing on the bench at clubs when they could be furthering their careers elsewhere, and the issue of clubs holding out for transfer fees while not using players has been a particular point of concern.

"Like any other worker, having the freedom of movement and flexibility of movement to be able to choose where you ply your trade is important," Colosimo said.

There are provisions in place but they are proving ineffective, according to Baer-Hoffmann, with just one case of a player gaining an exit in such circumstances.

"There was a reason why it was put there, because the player needs to be able to maintain his or her career and maintain the value in the market," he said.

Former Italian international and now Italian players union president Damiano Tommasi said there was no suggestion of enforcing a cap or restriction on transfer sums clubs pay.

Rather, it was about establishing a system that evaluates players fees so that players aren't restricted and clubs are fairly compensated.

"We are working for a transfer fee certainty, not a limit but by data or with a rule that defines what and how much a transfer fee can be for a player to a club," he said.

"In certain cases it seems that a player doesn't have the opportunity to move from clubs."

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