FIFA opens a special transfer window in Russia

08 Mar 2022 | 10:52

In order to create favorable conditions for foreign players and coaches to leave Russia, in the event that the clubs affiliated to the Russian Football Federation do not reach an agreement by March 10, the players and coaches Foreign coaches have the right to unilaterally terminate their contracts until June 30 ,” FIFA said.

The termination of this contract means that the players and coaches are considered “out of contract” until June 30. They have the right to sign with another club during this period without facing any consequences, according to Reuters.

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Many foreign players want to leave Russia. Photo: Guardian. 

The World Association of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) said FIFA’s move was only a temporary measure and did not provide much help. FIFPro asked FIFA to allow players to terminate their contracts permanently.


The players will find it difficult to find a new home for the rest of the season, with uncertainty always lurking for them over the next few weeks. They will find themselves in a difficult situation again. FIFA’s decision is not immediately satisfying. even for players whose short-term contracts in Russia end in December. They may not want to return after June 30 ,” FIFPro said in a statement.

The group of foreign players in Russia had a meeting with FIFA. After that, Russian Premier League club Krasnodar agreed to cancel the contracts of eight foreign players, while German coach Daniel Farke announced his resignation after a few days of appointment.

Previously, FIFA eliminated Russia from the play-off round of the World Cup. The Russian Football Federation (RFU) has filed a lawsuit with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision of FIFA and UEFA to ban the country’s teams from participating in international tournaments.