Transfer Window: Should Close Before The Season Starts And Remain Closed

The transfer window shuts at the end of August every season until January when clubs are to buy players for a month before it closes again at the end of the month. We take a look at whether the window should close before the season starts and remained closed for the season.

The transfer window has not always been as it is now, when I was a lad, it used to be open until the end of March. So clubs could buy players all the way through the season until March 31. The current system was brought in the 2002/03 season.

Premier League explanation as to why the transfers were introduced:

Transfer Windows were introduced as part of a compromise agreement with the European Commission about how the whole transfer system worked and how it could best preserve contractual stability for both the player and the club while allowing movement at prescribed times during the year – the summer and winter transfer windows in effect.

The alternative was to bring football in line with most other industries where contracts were not enforceable or liable for appropriate compensation, i.e. notice periods being served and players moving at will. The football authorities across Europe felt this would fatally undermine the footballing economy and remove the incentive for clubs to invest in developing players

Why The Window Should Close Before The Season Starts and Remain Close

The argument for the window closing before the season starts are mainly that as well as concentrating on games at the start of the season, managers and players also have to deal with transfer speculation, adding yet more pressure to the aforesaid individuals. It is many managers view they have the summer to prepare their squad for the coming season; once the season starts they should already have their squad for the season in place.

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