Football agent fees reached all-time high this year, say Fifa

FIFA wants to put a cap on the amount of money paid to intermediaries

FIFA wants to put a cap on the amount of money paid to intermediaries

Recordsdata from world governing physique Fifa's Global Transfer Matching Plan (ITMS) confirmed that $653.9 million (equating to merely over £500m) used to be spent on commissions to agents and intermediaries within the yr to this point.

That is already a 19.3 per cent increase on the whole of 2018.

Of the more than 17,000 transfers completed so far in 2019, 3,557 involved at least one intermediary. Portuguese clubs alone spent $78.1 million on intermediary commissions, nearly half as much as they have spent on transfer fees to engage players.

In women's football, there have been 828 transfers in 2019, with 248 of them involving an agent. That was a 33 per cent drop from 2018, where the figure was 156.1m U.S. dollars (over £119m).

The total sum of money that agents have received so far this calendar year as part of transfer deals is 590.2 million euros.

It also proposed a cap of three per cent of a player's salary where an agent is representing a player, and three per cent of a player's salary where an agent is working on behalf of the buyer.

"The system would lead to under-the-table payments". Federation Internationale de Football Association said that the reason behind the rise was partly due to an overall increase in the number of transfers, but it also reflected the increase in the number of intermediaries acting for the engaging club, which surged from 3.4 per cent to 6.2 per cent.

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