Football Federation Australia (FFA) has released the first, in what will be part of a series of webinars regarding the establishment of a modern Domestic Transfer System (DTS).
The webinars will range from November 28 to December 10. The first instalment features discussion around the concept of a DTS, the benefits and challenges of the system, and the potential for reform and evolution in Australia.
FFA CEO James Johnson believes the introduction of a tailored Australian DTS would create enormous benefits for football in the country.
“Australian football has not operated with a properly functioning modern transfer system for some time, creating a ‘gap’ in the Australian football ecosystem, which requires remedy,” Johnson said.
“This is no more evident than in the total value of transfers received. The total global value of international transfers continues to grow, with FIFA reporting that this reached USD7.35 billion in 2019 and yet Australia received less than USD2 million for the same period – this represents a significant loss of opportunity for Australian clubs, players, and the game, generally.”
“In June this year, FFA’s ‘Starting XI’ – which features some of the most internationally experienced minds in Australian football – recommended that we introduce a DTS, understanding that a well-governed and fit-for-purpose system would provide much-needed stimulus to the Australian football economy, and lay the platform for Australia to further access the international transfer market.
The requirement for a DTS forms part of FFA’s XI Principles for the future of Australian football. Principle III is specifically dedicated to stimulating the growth of the Australian football economy via the establishment of a modern DTS.
The first webinar, accessible here, features football broadcaster Simon Hill speaking with Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold and Adelaide United FC Football Director, Bruce Djite, regarding their experiences with transfer systems.
“Importantly, a modern DTS would help address some of the player development challenges we have identified in our Performance Gap studies by ensuring that clubs, at all levels of the game, are appropriately incentivised to continuously and sustainably invest in the training and development of players,” Johnson added.
“The aim of our webinars, and the subsequent release of a DTS Reform White Paper in December, is to raise awareness of the global transfer system and encourage and facilitate discourse on the DTS.”
Upcoming instalments will feature input from professionals from leading international football organisations, such as Manchester United FC and the European Club Association.
Patrick Stewart, General Counsel at Manchester United, and Lina Souloukou, General Manager at Olympiakos, will join Mel McLaughlin for the second webinar, as transfer system strategies and insights are explored in conversation with representatives from two of European football’s biggest clubs.
In the third webinar, Mark Bosnich will be joined by Jose Luis Andrade, General Counsel of the European Clubs Association, and Dr Erkut Sogut, Vice Present of the Professional Agent’s Association, as the foundations of the system and its operations are explored.
In mid-December, FFA will release a DTS Reform White Paper that will serve as a conduit to stakeholder engagement throughout the process of crafting Australia’s DTS framework, with all stakeholders afforded the opportunity to contribute. The release of the DTS Reform White Paper will represent a key milestone in the establishment of Australia’s modern DTS, and outline a prospective timeline for implementation.