The Bridge Transfers Regulations and Brazilian Football

The Bridge Transfers Regulations and Brazilian Football

Introduction

The term “bridge transfer” is not new for those familiar with the business of football, particularly in South America, which gained further spotlight in 2014 after the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced disciplinary sanctions against important clubs in Argentina, such as Independiente, Racing de Avellaneda, Rosário Central and Central Córdoba.[1]

In general, after investigations conducted in the so-called “Transfer Matching System” (TMS), the Disciplinary Committee of FIFA (FIFA DC) imposed fines and warnings on cited clubs in connection with six transfers concluded in 2012, always with the involvement of the same intermediary club: Institución Atlética Sud Americana, from Uruguay.