Solidarity mechanism: The forgotten revenue stream.

July 2001. Four months after the far-reaching agreement with The European Commission over football’s transfer system, FIFA’s Executive Committee met in Buenos Aires to (amongst other things) vote on revised international transfer regulations.
One of the new articles within the regulations – article 21 – would be solidarity mechanism; An article which is unknown to a number of fans and even to some clubs, but yet is also controversial to those who feel the article should have a much broader jurisdiction than it currently does.

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FIFA’s ban on Under 18 transfers

Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players
19
Protection of minors
1. International transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18.

And with that, FIFA banned all Under 18 transfers.
Well, not quite, because what proceeds that concise sentence is an exception which, while the intent may have been sincere, does little but erode the rule.

a) The player’s parents move to the country in which the new club is
located for reasons not linked to football.

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