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Thursday, 12 September, 2002, 18:06 GMT 19:06 UK
Fifa relaxes transfer laws
Andrei Kanchelskis has joined Southampton
Andrei Kanchelskis (right) was out of contract
Fifa has bowed to pressure from a number of national football leagues by relaxing the rules on signing out-of-contract players outside of the new transfer windows.

Clubs are now allowed to sign players who were out of contract before the end of the transfer window on 31 August.

Previously, Fifa had insisted that clubs could sign no-one until the transfer window re-opened in the New Year.

But in the current financial climate in the world of football, leagues including the English Nationwide and Italy's Serie A petitioned the world's football authority to have the rule relaxed.


It is a sensible decision which will bring benefits to the game
David Taylor
SFA chief executive
In a letter to all its member associations, Fifa admitted: "The strict application of the transfer registration periods would cause serious inconvenience to players still looking for a club, since on the one hand they would have no income and on the other they would not be allowed to register for a new club when the official transfer window has closed."

The English Premiership had already told its clubs they could sign out-of-contract players, despite the fact that this was in clear violation of the original rule.

But now, recent signings like that of Tony Vidmar to Middlesbrough and Andrei Kanchelskis to Southampton are legitimate.

Clubs will not, however, be allowed to sign players who have their contracts terminated by another club, or who resign from another club, between the transfer windows.

The news will be welcomed by most clubs and football associations, as well as the very players the rule affected.

With more players out of work this summer than ever before with the global decline in spending by clubs, the relaxation of the rule means that players who thought they could be without a club until January at least, now have a chance of finding a club.

David Taylor, chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, said he was delighted that their efforts, along with that of other associations, had brought about the change.

"In effect, this means we now have a transfer window rather than a registrations window," added Taylor.

"It is a sensible decision which will bring benefits to the game without unnecessary difficulties being placed in the way of players and clubs in the professional game."

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