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FIFA Announce Emergency Transfer Window for Foreign Players in Russia | See Details

The body governing football in the world, FIFA have announced an emergency transfer window for foreign players playing in Ukraine and Russia.


The announcement was made on the official website of FIFA on Monday, March 7th, 2022. This decision was taken because of the recent invasion of Ukraine by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

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The body also announced players and officials with contracts in the Ukrainian football clubs will have their contracts suspended until June 30th, 2022 unless the clubs deem otherwise.

Concerning the situation in Ukraine, in order to provide players and coaches with the opportunity to work and receive a salary, and to protect Ukrainian clubs, unless the parties to the relevant contract explicitly agree otherwise, all employment contracts of foreign players and coaches with clubs affiliated to the Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) will be deemed automatically suspended until the end of the season in Ukraine (30 June 2022), without the need for any action from the parties to this effect.

FiFa also announced that football clubs in Russia have until March 10th, 2022, the players and coaches affiliated to the clubs must have it sorted before the set date.

In order to facilitate the departure of foreign players and coaches from Russia, in the event that clubs affiliated to the Football Union of Russia (FUR) do not reach a mutual agreement with their respective foreign players and coaches before or on 10 March 2022 and unless otherwise agreed in writing, the foreign players and coaches will have the right to unilaterally suspend their employment contracts with the FUR-affiliated clubs in question until the end of the season in Russia (30 June 2022).

These decisions simply mean the workers of the club will be allowed to play for other clubs until June 30, 2022, as they are considered out of contract.