The global spending in the football transfer market for men has reached an all-time high at $7.35 billion. This marks a 5.8% gain in a year. The women’s transfer market too continued an uninterrupted upsurge with a 16.3% growth from the last year to reach $ 652,032 in 2019, an absolutely negligible figure when compared the men’s market. Still, full of hope for rising professionalism and opportunities in women’s games.
FIFA has prepared two separate reports to provide detailed data on the global international transfer activity at professional football clubs around the world throughout 2019.
In 2019, clubs around the world have completed 18,042 international transfers. This represents a 9.1% increase from the previous year. This is also the largest year-on-year increase recorded since the use of ITMS became mandatory in 2010 and represents – for the eighth consecutive year – a new record, states the FIFA Global Transfer Market Report – Men Professional football.
Overall, 15,463 professional players were involved in these transfers, representing 178 different nationalities. The total number of transfers completed since ITMS was introduced has now reached 128,628.
The Global Transfer Market Report 2019 – Women Professional Football states that in 2019, clubs around the world completed 833 international transfers. This represents a 19.7% increase from the previous year. Overall, 757 professional players were involved in these transfers (+23.3%), representing 81 different nationalities (+12.5%). Since the use of the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) became mandatory for women’s transfers in 2018, a total of 1,529 international transfers have been completed.
“We are happy to once again share the GTM reports for both men and women’s football, which clearly reflect the constantly evolving trends in the global transfer market. It is remarkable to see a new record number of transfers in the men’s market. We observe as well increasing all-round figures in the women’s market, which is a sign of the positive overall development women’s football over the last year which we trust will continue in 2020,” said FIFA’s Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Dr Emilio García Silvero.
The data published in the FIFA Global Transfer Market Reports is extracted from ITMS, which is used by all 211 FIFA member associations around the globe and over 7,000 professional football clubs for the international transfer of professional football players.