Fifa recommends cap on player agent commissions

Football’s world governing body Fifa has recommended a cap on the commissions earned by agents from player transfers.

Fifa’s Football Stakeholders Committee, a body of international officials that advises the Fifa council, yesterday recommended capping commissions at:

  • 10 per cent of the transfer fee, for agents of releasing clubs
  • 3 per cent of a player’s remuneration, for player agents
  • 3 per cent of a player’s remuneration, for agents of engaging clubs.

The committee also recommended limiting multiple representation of players, in order to avoid conflicts of interest.

The measures will be submitted to the Fifa Council at a meeting on October 24.

The proposals are part of a larger overhaul of the football player transfer system by Fifa and the Football Stakeholders Committee,  and a transfer system task force that they have set up. The measures above follow others endorsed last year and currently being put in place, including:

• Limiting international loans of players aged 22 and older “to prevent player hoarding and ensure that loans have a valid sporting purpose for youth development as opposed to commercial purposes”. From the 2020-21 season, a limit of eight international loans in and out is proposed, going down to six by the 2022-23 season, with a maximum of three loans in and three loans out between the same clubs.

• Reintroducing a mandatory licensing system for agents, including a requirement for continuing professional development.

• Agents’ commissions to be paid via a Fifa Clearing House, currently under development.

• Creating a Fifa resolution system to solve disputes between agents, players and clubs.