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Global Transfer Activity Rose 4% In 2013

Wed 29th Jan 2014 | FIFA

Global transfer activity rose 4% in 2013 according to data compiled by FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS).

Releasing its third consecutive annual report covering the international transfer of professional players, the Global Transfer Market 2014 shows that transfer activity rose by four per cent to 12,309 transfers last year for a combined transfer compensation value of USD 3.7 billion.

England spent more than any other country on transfer fees with USD 913 million, representing 25 per cent of the total. 

With 1,402 transfers, (746 arrivals and 656 departures) Brazil was the most active country for both incoming and outgoing player transfers whilst the average age of players transferred internationally was 25 years and 3 months. 

The report provides a unique insight into the patterns and trends that have developed in the international transfer market over the 2013 calendar year from a national, regional and global perspective. This includes compelling analysis of market activity and mobility patterns, transfer fee spending, player characteristics and the involvement of club intermediaries in player transfers.

Global Transfer Market 2014 is based on data from the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) – an online system that became mandatory for all international transfers of professional male players for eleven-a-side football in 2010. ITMS is a complimentary service that provides support to more than 200 of FIFA’s member associations and around 6,000 clubs.

Image: Action Images / Tony O'Brien

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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