When a player moves from one club to another, his registration is transferred to that club, normally for a fee agreed between the two parties. A contract is signed between the player and their new club. All transfers must be registered according to the rules and requirements set by FIFA and other national bodies such as UEFA.

When can a transfer happen?

In soccer there are two periods in a season when clubs can transfer players and negotiate with others, these are known as a ‘transfer window’. They usually take place in the summer and winter periods of a football season.

However, sometimes depending on the football association or country a league is played, transfer windows can vary. This is usually the case when a league starts and finishes at different times from the majority of others.

Does a transfer always include a fee or payment?

The standard transfer in soccer almost always includes a payment between the two negotiating clubs; this is called a ‘transfer fee’ and is paid to the selling club. The club negotiating to buy a player must also consider agent fees and personal terms are required to be paid once a fee is agreed with a club.

There are certain kinds of transfer when a fee may not be required to be paid by the buying club; these are known as a loan transfer and free transfer.