As of September 2010, Fifa will assume central control of all player transfers globally. Football's governing body have revealed every club registered in their member associations will have to submit the relevant automated transfer system documentation before signing or selling a player. The Transfer Matching System (TSM) is already in use in more than half of Fifa's member associations, but Fifa's new policy includes electronic international transfer certificates (ITC) issued for every professional player switching clubs.
Following Fifa's executive committee meeting in Rio de Janeiro, the first in Brazil and only the third in South America since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, Sepp Blatter - the organisation's president - said that all transfers from September 1, 2010, will have to be by ITC. "This will give transparency to all transfers. I won't say it will diminish, but it will also co-ordinate the work of agents," said Blatter.
Top of the Rio agenda was the question of men's Olympic football. Fifa and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are at odds over the format of Olympic football events. The current format sees international teams represented by their Under 23 squads, with a limit of three over-age players permitted in teams. However, several of the game's national bodies - under pressure from the top clubs of Europe's money-spinning domestic leagues - have expressed concern over player burn-out issues.
Meanwhile, the IOC - determined to maintain the existing format which sees dozens of the world's best young players converge every four years - are wary of their own commercial interests. Blatter admitted the issue needs to be resolved. "We have a clash," he said. "We should use the Under 20 World Cup, now being played in Egypt, as a qualifying competition which means it would be Under 21 at the Olympics," said Blatter.