UEFA confirm plans for next transfer window – which could extend into 2020/21

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UEFA has advised that the 2020 summer transfer window should close no later than October 5.

The transfer registration period in a number of European countries, including England, has not yet opened because of the delay in finishing the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

European football’s governing body has set October 6 as the deadline for the registration of players to compete in the Champions League and Europa League group phase, and has therefore recommended that the transfer window closes the day before.

A statement by UEFA on Thursday read: “The deadline for player registration for the group stage of the 2020/21 UEFA club competitions has been set to October 6, 2020.

“As a result, the UEFA executive committee called on all member associations to adopt a harmonised end date to the upcoming summer transfer window, with this date set as October 5, 2020.”

On Wednesday UEFA said the intention was for the group stages of the 2020/21 Champions League and Europa League to start in week beginning October 19.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 10, 2019: Manchester City's head coach Pep Guardiola (R) shakes hands with Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

UEFA’s executive committee has also approved temporary changes to its financial fair play and club licensing regulations in light of the economic challenges presented by the pandemic.

The break-even assessment of club finances for 2020 will be postponed, and looked at alongside the financial year 2021.

The intention of the changes is to provide clubs with greater flexibility in order to meet transfer and salary obligations, quantify and account for unexpected losses of revenue and adjusting the break-even calculations for any shortfall in earnings reported this year or next.

UEFA hopes to neutralise the impact of the pandemic by averaging the combined deficit of 2020 and 2021 and by “further allowing specific COVID-19 adjustments.”

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