Transfer trends revealed in FIFA TMS annual report
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FIFA TMS has released its third consecutive annual report covering the international transfer of professional players, with Global Transfer Market 2014 showing that transfer activity rose by four per cent to 12,309 transfers last year for a combined transfer compensation value of USD 3.7 billion.

The report provides a unique insight into the patterns and trends that have developed in the international transfer market over the 2013 calendar year from a national, regional and global perspective. This includes compelling analysis of market activity and mobility patterns, transfer fee spending, player characteristics and the involvement of club intermediaries in player transfers.

Global Transfer Market 2014 is based on data from the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) – an online system that became mandatory for all international transfers of professional male players for eleven-a-side football in 2010. ITMS is a complimentary service that provides support to more than 200 of FIFA’s member associations and around 6,000 clubs.

Highlights of the report include:

• In 2013, FIFA TMS handled 12,309 international transfers (increase of four per cent on 2012) with a combined transfer compensation value of USD 3.7 billion (increase of 41 per cent).
Brazil, with 1,402 transfers, was again the most active country for both incoming and outgoing transfers.
England spent more than any other country on transfer fees with USD 913 million, representing 25 per cent of the total.
• The average age of players transferred internationally was 25 years and 3 months.
• There was an increase of 30 per cent in club intermediary commissions paid, but a decrease in the actual number of transfers involving intermediaries – only 14 per cent compared to 17 per cent in 2012.

The information provided in Global Transfer Market 2014 will enable football stakeholders to further develop their understanding of the market.

The annual review, available in English for download via the FIFA TMS website from today, is one of the premium services provided by FIFA TMS. These services, which also include country-level market reports and the recently launched Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS), are helping the FIFA subsidiary to become self-funding, fulfilling the requirement of the FIFA Congress. This in turn will help FIFA to achieve its long-term goals of bringing greater transparency and understanding to the transfer market and its operation.

Two sections of Global Transfer Market 2014 (the ‘Table of Contents’ and ‘Highlights’) are available free-of-charge via the FIFA TMS website.

For this year’s edition, FIFA TMS has introduced a new naming system to be in line with similar publications, meaning Global Transfer Market 2014 reflects the year of publication (2014) rather than the year being analysed (2013). It follows on from the Global Transfer Market reports for 2011 and 2012.

For more information about FIFA TMS and the reports, please visit: www.fifatms.com/