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#GAME CHANGER 3

A SUSTAINABLE GAME

The player transfer system has turned into a $5 billion-a-year spending race. Clubs overstretch themselves to keep pace. To make the game sustainable, we need an alternative model.

TRAININGAND DEVELOPMENT Funding for training should be based on a stable source of revenue rather than relying on compensation generated by speculative management and unpredictable transfer income.

RETHINKTRANSFER FEES Ever rising transfer fees pressure clubs to sell their best talent. No other sports operate a transfer system where players are exchanged like commodities. A reform that removes transfer fees and eliminates speculative player investment creates a more sustainable game.

LIMITSPECULATIVE MANAGEMENT Football’s financial resources are growing, yet financial management is volatile. Speculative investments occur because of the transfer system and leave clubs operating on the brink of bankruptcy.

REVENUESHARING The redistributive effect of transfer fees is very limited. Solidarity payments to clubs represented 1.8% of all the fees combined (2013 research). This shows the need for better revenue-sharing models and greater financial solidarity between clubs.