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The Origins of the Football Transfer Window System

Every year during summer and winter, the best UK football betting sites are alight with players scrambling to place their wagers on the latest transfers.

There are plenty of sites with risk free betting offers.

The transfer season is one of the most exciting times of the year for everyone involved including players, football clubs, fans and punters alike.

This is the time of the year when Premier League clubs are allowed to buy or sell players at usually exorbitant fees and sport fanatics look to take advantage of this period at online betting sites for the latest odds on potential transfers.

The transfer window is the unofficial term popularised by the media to refer to the registration period set by FIFA. According to the terms of this registration period, each national football association can decide on the date and time of this transfer window, although it may not exceed 12 weeks for the first window and four weeks for the second window from the official FIFA cut-off dates.

The system started back in 2002 and was the European Commission’s way of preserving the contractual stability and integrity of both players and clubs. Before the implementation, the two parties were freely allowed to make any changes without being appropriately compensated.

As this method proved to have many loopholes, European football authorities instead opted to introduce the transfer window system as a means to enforce more structure. The transfer window system helps clubs and managers plan for the upcoming season as they know what players will form part of their respective teams.

This also helps players to form a camaraderie with their teammates and ensures that younger players are given some time to shine as they would stand in for injured or dropped players.

This method is beneficial to fans as they know who will be leaving or joining their squad. Since fans are one of the most important aspects of the football industry, they need to invest in the team, and knowing what names are on the back of their team’s shirts, will help them remain emotionally attached to the team.

Since the system works, it is unlikely that it will change anytime in the future. As of 2017, the summer window takes place from the 9th June until the 31st August, while the winter window extends from the 1st January to the 31st January of the same year. The summer date was put into place as it coincides with UEFA’s deadline for registering players to take part in competitions. FIFA generally sets the parameters for when the transfer window closes, and if a competition does not fall within the appropriate timeframe, they will generally have to face penalties. The transfer window usually closes at 11:00pm on the 31st August and the 31st January.

If this date falls on a weekend of bank holiday, then the deadline is shifted to the next working day. It should be noted that this transfer window varies between the 53 European countries due to certain factors like bank holidays, working practices, weather constraints and others direct influences, although the majority of football-playing nations adhere to the standard transfer window period. Additionally, each competition’s individual governing body, rather than one football association, establishes the exact rules of this transfer window.

Despite a working structure, there have been calls for shutting down the transfer window system in the hopes that the previous system is reinstated. Many industry professionals, but notably club managers, aired their grievances stating the current system as being ‘unfair’ and that it breeds ‘scurrilous’ transfer behaviour.

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