A third package of reforms to the transfer system has been approved by the FIFA Council overnight. The reforms concern important regulatory matters regarding the international transfer of minors, squad sizes (in particular with respect to loans), player registration periods and transfer windows, financial regulation, and related matters, including collective bargaining agreements, sporting just cause and registration.

The reforms were approved by the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee last Friday following an ongoing and wide-ranging consultation process conducted with key actors throughout the world of football.

The latest package follows previous reforms that resulted in the creation of a clearing house and regulatory conditions to enforce the payment of training compensation.

Meeting by videoconference on the eve of the 71st FIFA Congress, the FIFA Council also approved key dates for the international match calendars, chief among which were the tournament dates for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 from July 20 to August 20, 2023. The new playoff tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be held from February 17-23, 2023.

The Council also approved dates for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 (October 11-30), FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 (August 10-28), as well as a 14-team playoff for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, taking place between June 19-25 this year.

In addition, the Council approved the establishment of respective FIFA subsidiaries to manage the organisation of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand and the FIFA World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the USA.

The 71st FIFA Congress will be broadcast live on FIFA.com at 1am NZT on Saturday, May 22.

Courtesy of FIFA