London: Full central control of player transfers is less than a year away after FIFA announced on Tuesday that its automated system would be compulsory from September 2010.
The Transfer Matching System (TSM) is already in use in more than half of FIFA's member associations and the electronic international transfer certificates (ITC) will be introduced from Thursday for moves of professional players between clubs, FIFA said.
It added, following a meeting in Rio of its executive committee, that all transfers will have to be by ITC from Sept. 1, 2010.
"This will give transparency to all transfers and, I won't say it will diminish but it will also coordinate the work of agents," FIFA president Sepp Blatter told a news conference.
The meeting, the first ever in Brazil and only the third in South America since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, also discussed the vexed question of men's Olympic football.
"We have a clash with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) on this," Blatter said.
"There is the existing under-23 limit plus three over-age players and the other (idea) is that we should use the under-20 World Cup, as is now being played in Egypt, as a qualifying competition which means it would be under-21 at the Olympics."
Blatter did not elaborate on how the under-20 tournament might be used to qualify for the Olympic Games in terms of the number of teams going through from it and the fact that it is played every two years in contrast to the four-year Olympic cycle.
He said FIFA had appointed the head of African governing body CAF, Issa Hayatou, to lead a task force to find a way around the problem of settling on a format for the next Games in London in 2012.
"Olympic football is very attractive to the Games organisers. It is the only sport that is outside the host city apart from sailing and the only one spread around the country," Blatter said.
"At the last Games in Beijing there were 1.2 million spectators at the matches, much more than athletics, so naturally it's very important for economic reasons.”
"It's not always been a love story but we have to show respect to the international federations and the IOC."
First Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 11:22