Automated transfers looming

RIO DE JANEIRO - Full central control of player transfers is less than a year away after Fifa announced that its automated system would be compulsory from September next year.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Full central control of player transfers is less than a year away after Fifa announced that its automated system would be compulsory from September next year.

The Transfer Matching System (TSM) is already in use in more than half of Fifa's member associations and the electronic international transfer certificates will be introduced from today for movements of professional players between clubs, Fifa said.

It added, after a meeting in Rio of its executive committee, that all transfers will have to be by transfer certificates from September 1 next year.

"This will give transparency to all transfers and I won't say it will diminish but it will also coordinate the work of agents," Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday.

The meeting also discussed the vexed question of men's Olympic football.

"We have a clash with the International Olympic Committee on this," Blatter said. "There is the existing under-23 limit plus three over-age players and the other (idea) is that we should use the Under-20 World Cup, as is now being played in Egypt, as a qualifying competition, which means it would be under-21 at the Olympics." - Reuters

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