Transfers workshop

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Fifa has appointed the South African Football Association to conduct a two-day workshop on electronic international transfers for the Premier Soccer League.

Starting today in Sandton, the workshop will be attended by representatives from all 16 Premiership clubs.

They include Floyd Mbele (Orlando Pirates), Edries Burton, pictured below, (Santos), Bafana Dhlamini (SuperSport United), Khumbulani Konco (Bloemfontein Celtic) and James Dlamini (AmaZulu).

Known as the Fifa Transfer Matching System (TMS), the new system is only applicable to the international transfer of professional players.

At the 2007 Fifa congress, it was proposed that a TMS be developed for professional football and was approved by 199 member countries. It was introduced as a pilot project this January by some of the Fifa member countries.

According to Fifa, TMS will become the source for all international transfer for professional players (generated electronically) by October 2010.

The system is available via the Internet and the two clubs involved in a transfer must disclose the details of the deal in the system. The details include payment and banking details.

This workshop will also cover in detail things like dealing with agents, suspension and transfer bans, compensation and insurance.