The coronavirus has shaken football as we know it, forcing the governing bodies to restructure several things in response to COVID-19. The Euros and Copa America, initially set to take place this summer, have now been pushed back to 2021, with several domestic leagues worrying over how to wrap up the pending 2019/20 season.
Another issue is that of the transfer window. Given that the current campaign has been put on hold, it remains unclear when next season will start, throwing the 2020 summer transfer window under uncertainty. As a result, FIFA are reportedly exploring extending it until December 31.
Clubs are usually permitted to do business from July to September. However, due to the coronavirus, the current campaign might not have concluded by the beginning of summer. This means clubs might not have sufficient time to plan and strengthen their squads. As a result, L’Equipe (as per Football Italia) claim football’s world governing body are looking into extending the time frame until the end of the calendar year.
The same would apply to contracts. Deals are set to expire on June 30, both this year and the next. This means as things stand, clubs could lose players who are in the final season of their contracts before the campaign wraps up. On the flip side, footballers could find themselves unemployed and unable to sign for another team if the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t permit the beautiful game to return to business as usual by July.
If an extension was enforced by FIFA, players would be obliged to remain with their current team until the final date of 2019-20 and 2020-21. Of course, everything depends on the battle against coronavirus, as the possibility of canceling the season remains.