Clubs to keep players beyond June as FIFA set to realign contracts to new season end

April 7 – The summer transfer window will be amended, the 2019-20 season extended indefinitely and player contracts ending on June 30 put back for a short period under radical proposals about to be announced by FIFA, according to unconfirmed reports.

The proposals will enable individual countries to determine when their respective domestic competitions will finish.

A FIFA taskforce has been exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic but any new recommendations will have to be agreed by the FIFA Bureau comprising FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the heads of the six regional confederations.

UEFA has already agreed that competitions in Europe can run beyond the June 30 cut-off for player contracts.

The BBC reports that all stakeholders – confederations, federations, clubs, players and leagues – have reached agreement over a number of issues arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It means that rendering seasons null and void is less likely to happen even though there is no time frame anywhere in Europe for campaigns to resume.

New dates for the summer transfer window will apparently be sanctioned by FIFA providing they fall between the end of this season and the start of the next.

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