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Summer transfer window 2022: transfer opening and closing dates and times

Clubs from major European leagues will soon be able to make transfers. Here is everything there is to know about this summer transfer window.

The curtain has barely fallen on the 2021-22 season when the transfer window opens its doors. Thus, the clubs will be able to strengthen and reduce their numbers before the new campaign.

Below, our editorial staff lists the key dates and rules concerning this important period in the life of the clubs.

When does the 2022 summer transfer window open?

The summer transfer window will begin in France on Friday June 10, 2022 at midnight and will concern all clubs in the professional or amateur divisions. This was adopted on May 4 after the meeting of the LFP Board of Directors.

When does the 2022 summer transfer window end?

It will end on Thursday September 1, 2022 at 11:00 p.m. for the sending of contracts to the LFP. This new schedule will allow clubs to finalize their international transfers more serenely on the FIFA TMS application, the closing time of which remains midnight.

What about the rest of Europe?

In the Premier League, the summer transfer market window will open from June 10. Erling Haaland’s transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City is expected to be finalized on that day.

On the other hand, in Italy, Germany and Spain it is only from July 1 that the clubs will be authorized to conclude transactions.

Regarding the closing of the transfer window, it is planned as in France on the evening of the 1er september.

Can clubs make deals after the deadline?

Yes, through an agreement sheet, which gives clubs extra time to complete late transfers.

The deal sheet, which cannot be submitted before 10 p.m. French time, allows a club to confirm before the deadline that a deal has been struck, and then gives them an additional two hours – or until 1 a.m. – to submit the complete documents.

This applies to domestic transactions, but if a club is looking to complete an international transfer, they must still meet the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) deadline of midnight.

Clubs that fail to complete deals during this period will have another opportunity to do so when the transfer window opens on January 1, 2023.

How many players can be loaned by clubs in Ligue 1?

Last March, the FIFA Council announced that clubs will not be able to sign more than eight players on loan, nor loan out more than eight. This new measure aims to promote the development of players and prevent the hoarding of footballers. From eight, the number of authorized loans will increase to seven the following year, then remain at six from the 2024-2025 financial year. The new regulations will come into effect on July 1.

Club-trained players and those under the age of 21 will not be subject to the new regulations, however. These also provide for the introduction of a minimum duration for a loan. This window would be between two transfer windows. The maximum duration will be one year.

FIFA added that a club will only be able to loan a maximum of three professionals to a single team. He will also not be able to take on loan more than three players from the same formation. The “sub-loan” of players to a third club is also prohibited.

When does the 2022-23 Ligue 1 season start?

Ligue 1 will resume its rights on the weekend of August 6 and 7, 2022 and will end on June 4, 2023 during a season made atypical by the World Cup in Qatar, disputed this winter and which will put the French Championship stopping for six weeks.

The league will pause for the tournament after the 16th round match – played on the weekend of November 12-13 – and will resume on Boxing Day, eight days after the World Cup final.

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The club football elite will observe a break after the 15th day, scheduled for the weekend of November 12. The internationals must be made available to the selections from Monday 14 November, just one week before the inaugural match in Doha.

The resumption will take place on Wednesday December 28 with a 16th day organized in the form of a French Boxing Day, copying the British tradition of football matches scheduled for Boxing Day, December 26. The next day is scheduled for Sunday, January 1, 2023.

Ligue 1 will resume its rights on the weekend of August 6 and 7, 2022 and will end on June 4, 2023 during a season made atypical by the World Cup in Qatar, disputed this winter and which will put the French Championship stopping for six weeks. The return phase (20th day) will start on the weekend of January 28, 2023 and ends on Sunday June 4, 2023.

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