UEFA suggests synchronised transfer deadline on 5 October
With most league seasons set to finish much later than originally planned, UEFA wants its members to set their next transfer deadline to 5 October 2020.
UEFA has called on all its member associations to adopt the same deadline for the next transfer window. The coronavirus crisis has caused mass disruption across the world of sport, and European football has been no different, with virtually all leagues shut down for at least three months and Euro 2020 pushed back until next year.
UEFA delayed the Euros in order to facilitate domestic leagues and the top-tier European competitions being concluded, but the three-month delay for most competitions has also impacted the transfer and registration windows. Many leagues would usually allow for transfers to be completed in June, but due to the delay, those windows have had to be pushed back to avoid the 2019-20 season being further compromised.
UEFA puts forward 5 October transfer deadline
UEFA wants all its leagues to implement a transfer deadline of 5 October, with the governing body confirming it has set 6 October as the final opportunity to register players for next season's Champions League and Europa League.
Following a video conference of UEFA's executive committee, a statement read: "The deadline for player registration for the group stage of the 2020-21 UEFA club competitions has been set to October 6, 2020. As a result, the UEFA executive committee called on all member associations to adopt a harmonised end date to the upcoming summer transfer window, with this date set as October 5, 2020."
2020/21 deadline for UEFA club competitions player registration – 6 October 2020.— UEFA (@UEFA) June 18, 2020
As a result, the #UEFAExCo called on all member associations to adopt a harmonised end date to the upcoming summer transfer window, with this date set as 5 October 2020. pic.twitter.com/Q8lwtDygw8
New Financial Fair Play regulations
UEFA also revealed new temporary emergency Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, taking into account the adverse effect the coronavirus crisis has had on economic stability in the sport.
Among the alterations, UEFA says it is "providing flexibility" by allowing clubs to adjust break-even calculations for revenue shortfalls in 2020 and 2021, ensuring "equal treatment" of clubs where the impact of COVID-19 may be felt in different reporting periods, and acknowledging revenue shortfalls will be due to the pandemic rather than financial mismanagement.
Nevertheless, it affirmed its commitment to FFP's main goal, as it will still ensure clubs are meeting transfer and salary obligations on time, while also protecting the system from "potential abuses".
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