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FIFA Announce Big Transfer Window Change

With teams such as Manchester United and FC Barcelona hoping to conclude deals ahead of next season, FIFA has announced a huge change for the coming transfer window.

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The world football governing body has stated that it will allow for a "first registration period" regarding the coming window, allowing clubs to sign players before the 2019/20 campaign ends.

Previously, the window only opened after the season was concluded, but FIFA has made amendments to its set of rules to help deal with the break in football caused by the coronavirus.

However, despite clubs being able to sign players before the current campaign finishes, those footballers will not be eligible to play for their new team until next season.

It is understood that the same rules will apply to those footballers across the world whose contracts were set to expire at the end of June.

Click through the gallery below to see some players who will be out of contract at the end of this month! 

"The new temporary regulatory amendments approved by the Bureau of the Council are as follows: In order to avoid any concerns regarding unemployed players, players are permitted to be registered with a maximum of three clubs and are eligible to play in official matches for three clubs during the same season," FIFA said in a statement.

"In order to give priority to clubs to complete their (2019/20) season with their original squad, provide flexibility, and allow MAs to properly plan their football calendar, those associations following a dual-year calendar are permitted to commence the 'first registration period' for the 2020/21 season prior to the completion of the 2019/20 season, subject to certain conditions."

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The coming window will stay open for 12 weeks.

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