Football Transfer News, $4.79 billion Spent on Transfers in 2016

The FIFA Transfer Matching System is an online platform for FIFA’s Member’s Associations to record player transfers between clubs. The introduction of the system was approved by the FIFA Congress in 2009 and was made mandatory from 1 October 2010.Football Transfer News, $4.79 billion Spent on Transfers in 2016

The purpose of the system is to improve transparency, efficiency and governance between clubs and football associations.

The purchasing and selling club are both required to enter details of the transfer and crucially, the details must match in order for the transfer to be approved and in cross-border cases, an International Transfer Certificate is dispensed.

There are two variants, Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS) for player transfers between clubs affiliated to the same association and International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) or player transfers between two different football associations.

For the first time, FIFA have released the transfer statistics for 2016 which contained two transfer windows. 2016 was the year that most money was spent in transfers. A total of $4.79 billion dollars was spent in player acquisition around the world. England alone spent $1.37 billion in 2016 on transfers leading the pack. Below is the annual transfer statistics of 2016 as released by FIFA.

Top Spending Countries in 2016.

  1. England: $1.37 billion
  2. Germany: 576.4 million
  3. Spain: 508.7 million
  4. Italy: 508.5 million
  5. China: 451.3 million
  6. France: 207.7 million
  7. Portugal: 178.2 million
  8. Russia: 114.1 million
  9. Belgium: 99.6 million
  10. Brazil: 85.3 million

Top Selling Countries in 2016.

  1. Spain: 554.5 million
  1. Italy: 486.2 million
  1. France: 453.8 million
  1. Portugal: 419.1 million
  1. Germany: 358.7 million
  1. England: 312.8 million
  1. Brazil: 263.6 million
  1. Russia: 184.6 million
  1. Argentina: 151.9 million
  1. Netherlands: 139.3 million

Annual Player Movement Statistics.

  • 2012 – 166 member countries – 3,823 clubs involved.
  • 2013 – 169 member countries – 4,046 clubs involved.
  • 2014 – 175 member countries – 4,160 clubs involved.
  • 2015 – 178 member countries – 4,201clubs involved.
  • 2016 – 178 member countries – 4,379 clubs involved.

UEFA have become the center of players’ movement and every year transfers are conducted around UEFA. Here is a pair of all other confederations to UEFA in terms of incoming transfers.

  • OFC to UEFA: 5 players moved.
  • CONMEBOL to UEFA: 685 players moved.
  • CONCACAF to UEFA: 185 players moved.
  • CAF to UEFA: 416 players moved.
  • AFC to UEFA: 471 players moved.
  • UEFA to UEFA: 6,584 players moved international.

Another high movement of occurred internally in CONMEBOL and AFC.

  • CONMEBOL to CONMEBOL: 1,114 players moved internally.
  • AFC to AFC: 705 players moved internally.

10 Countries with Most Incoming Transfers.

  1. Brazil – 678 players transferred in.
  1. England – 659 players transferred in.
  1. Portugal – 557 players transferred in.
  1. Spain – 468 players transferred in.
  1. Argentina – 451 players transferred in.
  1. Germany 407 players transferred in.
  1. Italy – 388 players transferred in.
  1. USA – 358 players transferred in.
  1. Turkey – 300 players transferred in.
  1. Mexico – 292 players transferred in.

10 Countries with Most Outgoing Transfers.

  1. Brazil – 806 players transferred out.
  1. England – 732 players transferred out.
  1. Spain – 536 players transferred out.
  1. Argentina – 512 players transferred out.
  1. Portugal – 479 players transferred out.
  1. France – 410 players transferred out.
  1. Italy – 387 players transferred out.
  1. Germany – 372 players transferred out
  1. Colombia – 302 players transferred out.
  1. USA – 302 players transferred out.

Top 5 Direct Country to Country Transfer In.

  1. Brazil to Portugal – 168 players.
  1. England to Scotland – 144 players.
  1. England to Wales – 123 players.
  1. Wales to England – 106 players.
  1. Portugal to Brazil – 103 players.

Confederations Transfer Statistics.

  • Oceania Football Confederation (CAF).

Player Transfer In by Countries.

  1. New Zealand – 8 players transferred in.

Player Transfer Out by Countries.

  1. New Zealand – 17 players transferred out.
  • Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Top 5 Player Transfer In by Countries.

  1. Morocco – 76 players transferred in.
  1. Tunisia – 72 players transferred in.
  1. South Africa – 66 players transferred in.
  1. Nigeria – 63 players transferred in.
  1. Egypt – 54 players transferred in.

6 Other countries transfer in – 624 players.

Total Transfer In – 924 players transferred in.

Top 5 Player Transfer Out by Countries.

  1. Nigeria – 175 players transferred out.
  1. Ghana – 141 players transferred out.
  1. Ivory Coast – 84 players transferred out.
  1. Cameroon – 76 players transferred out.
  1. South Africa – 75 players transferred out.
  1. Other countries transfer out – 804 players

Total Transfer Out – 1,355 players transferred out.

  • Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

Top 5 Player Transfer In by Countries.

  1. China – 159 players transferred in.
  1. Japan – 127 players transferred in.
  1. India – 119 players transferred in.
  1. Oman – 133 players transferred in.
  1. UAE – 105 players transferred in.
  1. Other countries transfer in – 1,207 players

Total Transfer In – 1,830 players.

Top 5 Player Transfer Out by Countries.

  1. China – 153 players transferred out.
  1. Japan – 131 players transferred out.
  1. Korea Republic – 127 players transferred out.
  1. Thailand – 112 players transferred out.
  1. Australia – 94 players transferred out.
  1. Other countries transfer out – 944 players.

Total Transfer Out – 1,561 players.

  • South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).

Top 5 Player Transfer In by Countries.

  1. Brazil – 678 players transferred in.
  1. Argentina – 451 players transferred in.
  1. Uruguay – 213 players transferred in.
  1. Colombia – 164 players transferred in.
  1. Chile – 133 players transferred in.
  1. Other countries transfer in – 549 players.

Total Transfer In – 2,188 players.

Top 5 Player Transfer Out by Countries.

  1. Brazil – 806 players transferred out.
  1. Argentina – 512 players transferred out.
  1. Colombia – 321 players transferred out.
  1. Uruguay – 264 players transferred out.
  1. Chile – 172 players transferred out.
  1. Other countries transfer out – 473 players.

Total Transfer Out – 2,548 players.

  • Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Top 5 Player Transfer In by Countries.

  1. England – 659 players transferred in.
  1. Portugal – 557 players transferred in.
  1. Spain – 468 players transferred in.
  1. Germany – 407 players transferred in.
  1. Italy – 388 players transferred in.
  1. Other Countries Transfer In – 5,867 players.

Total Transfer In – 8,346 players.

Top 5 Player Transfer Out by Countries.

  1. England – 732 players transferred out.
  1. Spain – 536 players transferred out.
  1. Portugal – 479 players transferred out.
  1. France – 410 players transferred out
  1. Italy – 387 players transferred out.

6 Other Countries Transfer Out – 5,588 players.

Total Transfer Out – 8,132 players.