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International transfers break $4bn mark - FIFA TMS Annual Report

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FIFA TMS today launched Global Transfer Market 2015 - the fourth annual report produced by the FIFA subsidiary, covering international transfers of professional players.

The report shows that, in 2014, transfer activity rose by 2.9 per cent to 13,090 transfers (up from 12,718) while the total amount of declared transfer fees rose by 2.1 per cent to USD 4.06 billion (up from USD 3.98 billion). It marks the first time the total transfer compensation value has surpassed the USD 4 billion mark in a calendar year.

Global Transfer Market 2015 provides football stakeholders with a comprehensive and transparent look at international transfer activity, helping to further develop their understanding of the market.

For the first time, the report compares international transfers at a club-level, based on data provided by a select number of clubs, in addition to the patterns and trends of the market at country, regional and global level.

Another new feature is the inclusion of a breakdown of minor applications, which must be submitted in the international transfer matching system for all players whether male, female, amateur or professional. This section includes a list of the main countries engaging minors in 2014.

Highlights of the report include:
• In 2014, FIFA TMS handled 13,090 international transfers (increase of 2.9 per cent on 2013) with a combined transfer compensation value of USD 4.06 billion (increase of 2.1 per cent).
• Brazil was the most active country in the market, recording 646 incoming transfers and 689 outgoing transfers.
• England was the country that spent the most on transfer fees in 2014 (USD 1.17 billion) while Spain was the biggest receiver (USD 667 million).
• The average age of players transferred during the year was 25 years and 6 months.
• USD 236 million was paid in club intermediary commissions for international transfers throughout 2014 compared to USD 218 million in 2013 (increase of 8.2 per cent)

The report is available for download at www.fifatms.com.

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