The football season is in full swing, but the clubs and players are eagerly awaiting January 1st. Well – at least some of them. Mostly it has to do with the winter transfer window coming up, giving players a chance for a move. At Fieldoo we prepared some of the winter transfer dates & information. Check them out!
Unlike the summer transfer window, the winter transfer window is much less flexible, especially in Western and Central Europe, where the rule is – with a few exceptions – that players may change clubs between January 1st 0:00 CET and January 31st 24:00 CET (make note that in the UK, it closes at 23:00 GMT!). Clubs can agree deals even earlier, but they can’t go through before that.
Like in the summer, there are also some exceptions in the winter, especially with countries which have the season based on the calendar year; mostly countries with harsh winters – Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Russia … The transfer window is also different in a variety of other – mostly “exotic” in terms of football – countries. “Down under” in Australia, the “winter” transfer window stretches from July 1st to August 31st.
What about free agents (players)?
Free agents – players without a valid contract – can usually sign even later; it differs from country to country, with the last deadline mostly being the first upcoming game after the transfer window has closed.
Only six months left on your contract?
The winter transfer window is also the time when players who only have six months left on their contract can already (legally) begin negotiations with other clubs. In this case, they can make their future clear six months before their valid contract expires. In that case, they can switch clubs without compensation.
To be sure your transfer goes well, don’t forget to check out our post about bureaucratic and other obstacles that may hinder your move.
List of the winter transfer window openings in different countries:
July 1st – August 31st: Australia
January 1st – January 31st: England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia
December 1st – January 31st: Kenya
January 1st – March 31st: Norway, Sweden
January 1st – February 24th (2012): Russia
January 4th – February 21st (2012): Bosnia and Herzegovina
January 5th – January 31st: Denmark
January 8th – April 2nd: Japan
January 21st – April 15th: USA, Canada
February 2nd – March 3rd (2012): Montenegro
February 21nd – May 15th: Iceland
March 1st – April 30th: Finland