International transfers: a big increase in club agents’ involvement

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There were 11,552 international transfers of professional footballers in 2012, worth around 2 billion euro.

With globalization, the market of football transfers has expanded to once unimaginable proportions. However, until recently, there was no real overview of things happening within the industry. In 2007, FIFA started monitoring all international transfers and since October 2010 it is obligatory for all international transfers of professional male football players to be reported to FIFA. FIFA decided for this step with an aim to foster and sustain a transparent transfer market based on integrity, accountability and innovation.

What they do is that they enable clubs to confirm the terms and conditions of player transfers, facilitate the transfer of player registrations between Associations, help safeguard the protection of minors, provide information and decision-making tools to key stakeholders, train and support key stakeholders, monitor player transfer activities and investigate alleged breaches of the transfer regulations and enforce adherence to the transfer regulations through a specific sanction system, presenting breaches of those transfer regulations and proposing sanctions to the competent FIFA bodies.

Based on the latest official report from April 2013 there were 11,552 international transfers of professional male footballers in 2012. In total, they were worth around 2 billion euro. Even though the number seems high, it still presents a 10 percent decrease in relation to 2011. However, football agents took a bigger cut from international player transfers in 2012.

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Highlights from the report    

– The most transfer stream between countries was from Portugal to Brazil, involving 145 player transfers.

– The most represented nationality in the international transfer market is Brazilian. Brazilians were involved in 1463 international transfers.

– The average age of players transferred internationally is 24 years & 10 months.

70 percent of all international transfers involved players changing clubs while being “out of contract”.

– The average fixed annual salary of players moving into Italy amounts to 550.000 euro, the highest average salary of the world’s six most active countries.

– The total club intermediary compensation paid (to players’ agents and third parties) by English clubs on international transfers was 45 million euro, the highest worldwide. English clubs were followed closely by Italian and Russian clubs.

– Only 14 percent of transfers involved direct club-to-club compensation.

– There was as 19 percent increase in club intermediaries’ (player agents) involvement in international transfers.

– Player representatives (agents) took around $163 million in fees from clubs, at 28 percent average commission.

– Brazil was the world’s most active country in 2012. The average fixed annual salary of a player moving to the Brazilian league was over 60.000 euro.

– The top five countries with players transferring to (incoming transfers) were Brazil, England, Germany, Argentina and Portugal, while the top five countries where players were transferring from (outgoing transfers) were Brazil, England, Argentina, Spain and Portugal.

Spain was the country with the biggest increase of outgoing transfers with 91 more transfers than in 2011. They were followed by Nigeria, Russia, Switzerland, Egypt, Italy, Croatia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire and Wales.

European clubs were the most active participants in the international football market (6387 incoming and 6543 outgoing transfers). They were followed by South American (1992/2014) and Asian (1608/1180) ones.

Oceania recorded 0 incoming transfers and only 16 outgoing transfers.

64 percent of transfer activity took place in January, July and August, with July being the busiest month for transfers (2565 transfers). In December, only 72 transfers were made.

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