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FIFA publishes Global Transfer Report 2021



FIFA publishes Global Transfer Report 2021

Germany recorded the highest figures for incoming (5,122) and outgoing (2,651) transfers

ZURICH, Switzerland, January 14, 2022/APO Group/ —

A total of 54,739 cross-border transfers were recorded; Steady growth in women’s football; Transfers in men’s soccer return to pre-pandemic levels

FIFA today published the 2021 edition of the Global Transfer Report, which records the transfers of male and female players in both professional and amateur football.

In 2021, no less than 54,739 cross-border transfers were registered: 19,372 professionals (men and women) plus another 35,367 amateurs.

Increase in international transfers in men’s professional football, with a further decrease in transfer fees paid

There were 18,068 international transfers in men’s professional football, which represents an increase of 5.1% compared to 2020 and marks a return to 2019 levels despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

These 18,068 transfers represented a new record of 4,544 clubs from 185 different associations, compared to 4,162 clubs in 2020, with 15,617 players from 179 different nationalities.

Transfer fees decreased for the second consecutive year in 2021 to $4.86 billion, a drop of 13.6% from 2020 and 33.8% from the all-time high of 2019.

Women’s football is on the rise

Women’s football continued to go from strength to strength in 2021, with the number of clubs involved in international transfers rising from 347 in 2020 to 414 last year, an increase of 19.3%. This reflects the impressive strides being made as more and more players turn pro each year. In 2021, 1,304 international transfers were registered, 26.2% more than the previous year, which had also registered an increase of 23.3%. In contrast to men’s football, transfer spending in women’s professional football increased by 72.8%, from USD 1.2 million in 2020 to USD 2.1 million in 2021.

International amateur transfers now registered in TMS

Transfers in the vast world of amateur football have been recorded in TMS since July 2020, meaning the data now covers a full calendar year for the first time. The 2021 results are certainly impressive, with 17,571 clubs from 201 member associations involved in the transfers of 35,367 amateur players (men and women) from 202 different nationalities. Germany recorded the highest figures for incoming (5,122) and outgoing (2,651) transfers.

For each of the above categories, the Global Transfer Report 2021 includes an analysis of the nationalities, ages and movements between confederations and associations of the players. For professional players and in addition to the top transfer list, the report also provides more detailed analysis regarding employment contracts while featuring the top players at confederation, association and club level. The report also presents a complete list of the number of transfers in each member association for each of the respective categories.

The FIFA Global Transfer Report 2021 is available here and at

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