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Soccer's looming transfer window crisis: Explaining FIFA's bold plan to handle player contracts

Think of it as football's Y2K, the legal bug in the system that could -- if unaddressed -- unleash havoc if 2019-20 competitions continue past June 30.

More than one out of five players in Europe's Big Five leagues -- English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 -- would, legally, disappear from club rosters come July 1 when their contracts expire or when their loan deals come to an end. FIFA have assembled a working group to deal with the issue...

FIFA, sitting on $2.7 billion, looking to help football industry impacted by coronavirus

Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens ask whether UEFA were right to suggest the season could already be over.

FIFA is looking to tap into its vast financial reserves to assist a football industry ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic wiping out games and creating unexpected economic hardship in the world's biggest sport.

The spread of COVID-19 has impacted the wealthiest clubs, with Barcelona and Juventus players taking wage cuts; those in smaller countries, with Slovakian champion Zilina entering bankruptcy; and national football federations, with Uruguay furloughing hundreds of staff.

Having amassed...

FIFPro against player layoffs, wage cuts to reduce coronavirus impact

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta explains how coronavirus affected him and his family.

Global players' union FIFPro has called on soccer clubs to stop firing players or cutting their salaries before talks.

FIFPro said it's "extremely concerned" that clubs in several countries "have begun to immediately lay off players or unilaterally reduce their salaries" because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Netherlands-based union said many players worldwide earn at or below average domestic income "and would be severely affected by salary decreases."

One club in Switzerland,...

Australia calls for men's Olympic soccer age limit to be lifted for Tokyo 2021

USWNT star Carli Lloyd explains why she is personally excited the Olympics have been postponed to 2021.
Lionel Messi, Carli Lloyd and more join in a message to the world to advise on Coronavirus and how best to beat it.

FFA hope Tokyo's rescheduled 2021 Olympics features a revised under-24 men's soccer tournament to ensure a swathe of Olyroos that qualified the side all get a chance to compete.

Graham Arnold's team ended a 12-year Olympic absence by qualifying earlier this year for the tournament that is, aside from three over-age exemptions, usually an under-23 event.

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Japan soccer, Olympic exec Kozo Tashima tests positive for coronavirus

Gab Marcotti explains why postponing the Euros was UEFA's only reasonable option, despite a big financial hit.

The head of Japan soccer, who is also the vice-chairman of the Japan Olympic Committee, has tested positive for the coronavirus and apologized for possibly infecting others.

"I have slight fever and pneumonia ... but otherwise I'm doing fine," Kozo Tashima said in a statement released by the Japan Football Association on Tuesday.

Tashima visited Europe and the U.S. on football business from Feb. 28-March 8. He got himself tested after learning on Saturday that Serbian soccer association president...

FIFA president Infantino on coronavirus: Must do all to protect game

Ale Moreno reacts to Wayne Rooney's comments on Euro 2020 in light of English football being suspended.
Gab Marcotti picks out Sadio Mane as Liverpool's most salable asset from their potent attacking trio.
Julien Laurens explains why how the coronavirus' impact on football should result in delaying Euro 2020.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the football governing body will partner with the World Health Organization to launch "awareness building initiatives" to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

"Under these the circumstances, we must now do everything in our power to protect fans, players, coaches, and everyone else involved in our beautiful game," Infantino said in a statement. "Most importantly, the football authorities must take all necessary measures to prevent the virus spreading...