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Highlights from 2020 FIFA Global Transfer Market Report

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A few days ago, FIFA published the 2020 edition of the FIFA Global Transfer Market Report, providing a complete picture about the evolution in professional men’s and women’s players transfers.

In an unprecedented year where football was severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 35,744 international transfers were registered, 51% of them involving professional male and female footballers and 49% at an amateur level. With the aim of helping member associations, clubs and players, FIFA placed an important relief package of USD 1,500 million at their disposal; besides assisting the stakeholders in legal matters as well.

For the first time in the last ten years, the number of international transfers in men’s professional football declined. A decrease of 5.4% in comparison to 2019, reaching a total of 17,077 transfers. On the other hand, the involved transfer fees in those movements were even more impacted as the total spending was reduced by 23.4%, with clubs dedicating USD 1,743 million less than in 2019. The top transfers by total transfer fee included Kai Havertz to Chelsea FC, Arthur Melo to Juventus FC, Victor Osimhen to SSC Napoli, Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United FC and Rúben Dias to Manchester City FC.



In regards to women’s football, FIFA’s report portraits the strong growth of the women’s game in the recent years. In a clear trend towards constant increase, 1,035 international transfers were completed in 2020, representing a growth of 23.7% in comparison to 2019. One of the main reasons for this increase was the rising number of active clubs, as 26.4% more clubs were involved in transfers operations. Even though most transfers, 96.5% of them, were without a transfer fee, the total spending on fees grew from USD 0.7 million to USD 1.2 million in 2020. The top transfers by total transfer fee included Pernille Harder to Chelsea FC Women, Temwa Chawinga to Wuhan Jiangda Women’s FC, Barbra Banda to Shanghai Women’s FC, Ellie Carpenter to Olympique Lyonnais and Valérie Gauvin to Everton.


For the first time, the report includes the transfers in amateur football worldwide, reflecting a significantly active market with up to 10,465 clubs from 196 member associations involved in the transfers of 17,382 amateur players in 17,632 transfers, in the last six months of 2020.

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