Current contracts for players and coaches should be extended until the end of the delayed domestic football seasons, according to an internal Fifa document presented to its Coronavirus Working Group.
The confidential document, seen by Reuters, also recommends allowing transfer windows to be changed in accordance with new season dates and urges clubs and players to work together to find solutions to salary payments during stoppages.
The document is due to be discussed by members of Fifa’s Working Group later on Thursday. No decision on the issues has yet been taken by Fifa.
Fifa set up the working group on March 18 and said in a statement that it will “assess the need for amendments or temporary dispensations to the Fifa Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players” to protect contracts for both players and clubs and adjusting player registration periods.
“This work has already started and will be conducted 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 the pandemic and national team tournaments such as Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been postponed.
While domestic leagues are hoping to resume when the threat from the virus has receded, concrete start dates have yet to be fixed.
That leaves the issue of expiring player contracts, which are usually timed to finish at the end of a given season, as a potential headache.
The key suggestion to the working group in the document seen by Reuters is that “where an agreement is due to expire at the original end date of a season, such expiry be extended until the new end date of the season”. (Reuters)