What is Solidarity Contribution in Football?

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If a professional football player transfers to another club during the contract, 5% of transfer fee, is distributed to the club(s) involved in player’s training and education over the years.

Solidarity Contribution in Football (Soccer)

Under FIFA rules, if a professional football (soccer) player moves during the course of a contract, 5% of any compensation, not including training compensation paid to his former club, shall be deducted from the total amount of this compensation and distributed by the new club as a solidarity contribution to the club(s) involved in his training and education over the years.

This solidarity contribution reflects the number of years (calculated pro rata if less than one year) he was registered with the relevant club(s) between the seasons of his/her 12th and 23rd birthdays, as follows:

• Season of 12th birthday: 5% (i.e. 0.25% of total compensation);
• Season of 13th birthday: 5% (i.e. 0.25% of total compensation);
• Season of 14th birthday: 5% (i.e. 0.25% of total compensation);
• Season of 15th birthday: 5% (i.e. 0.25% of total compensation);
• Season of 16th birthday: 10% (i.e. 0.5% of total compensation);
• Season of 17th birthday: 10% (i.e. 0.5% of total compensation);
• Season of 18th birthday: 10% (i.e. 0.5% of total compensation);
• Season of 19th birthday: 10% (i.e. 0.5% of total compensation);
• Season of 20th birthday: 10% (i.e. 0.5% of total compensation);
• Season of 21st birthday: 10% (i.e. 0.5% of total compensation);
• Season of 22nd birthday: 10% (i.e. 0.5% of total compensation);
• Season of 23rd birthday: 10% (i.e. 0.5% of total compensation).

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Payment procedure

The new club shall pay the solidarity contribution to the training club(s) pursuant to the above provisions no later than 30 days after the player’s registration or, in case of contingent payments, 30 days after the date of such payments.

It is the responsibility of the new club to calculate the amount of the solidarity contribution and to distribute it in accordance with the player’s career history as provided in the player passport. The player shall, if necessary, assist the new club in discharging this obligation.

If a link between the professional and any of the clubs that trained him cannot be established within 18 months of his transfer, the solidarity contribution shall be paid to the association(s) of the country (or countries) where the professional was trained. This solidarity contribution shall be reserved for youth football development programmes in the association(s) in question.

The Disciplinary Committee may impose disciplinary measures on clubs that do not observe the obligations set out in this annexe.

Miralem Pjanic’s calculation & example of solidarity contribution

Let us have a look at a case of football network Fieldoo user Miralem Pjanic. His first club was FC Schifflange 95 in Luxembourg where he spent the first three years of his career before moving to FC Metz and then Lyon from where he joined AS Roma before the 2011/12 season.

Let’s say he moves this summer to FC Barcelona for a transfer fee of 15 Million €. The solidarity contribution would be 5% of this amount – 750.000 €. This amount would be distributed like this:

FC Schifflange 95 would get: 112.500€ (3 x 0.25% of 15M €) of the solidarity contribution;
FC Metz would get: 262.500€ (1 x 0.25% of 15M€ + 3 x 0.5% of 15M €) of the solidarity contribution;
Olympique Lyonnais would get: 225.000€ (3 x 0.5% of 15M €) of the solidarity contribution;
AS Roma would get: 150.000€ (2 x 0.5% of 15M €) of the solidarity contribution;

So, as far as top clubs are concerned – the amounts of solidarity contribution are not so high compared to their yearly budgets. However, FC Schifflange 95 would get a huge proportion of their yearly budget in case of such a big transfer of their former player Miralem Pjanic.

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