The New FIFA RSTP Rules regarding Bridge Transfers

The New FIFA RSTP Rules regarding Bridge Transfers

As of 1 March, 2020, the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) include the definition of “bridge transfer” as well as the prohibition on clubs and players looking to be involved in them.

History

Before 1 March 2020, FIFA did not expressly regulate in its Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) the so-called “bridge transfers”. However, certain cases dealt with these types of transfers, both at the level of the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) and the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (DC).

At the DRC level, the validity and effectiveness of bridge transfers aimed at avoiding or evading the payment of Training Compensation has been discussed. For example, a Category 4 club (which is not required to pay Training Compensation under the RSTP), that hires a player and immediately transfers him to a Category 1 or Category 2 club, defrauds the training clubs. There are many decisions of the DRC and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which are based on these facts that is, where a player who has not competed for the first club...

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