Since their introduction in 2001, it has been notoriously difficult for clubs to identify when they have been entitled to player solidarity payments.
Under FIFA rules, any club involved in the education of a player between the ages of 12-23 are entitled to these payments whenever that player is involved in a cross-border transfer that involves a fee.
These rules remain in place throughout the player’s active professional career, so even if they are transferred to an overseas club well into their thirties or beyond, clubs can still claim a percentage of the fee.
The regulations state that 5% of the transfer fee has to be divided pro-rata between every club involved in that player’s football education over the 12 season period.
This includes any club who had the player on loan at any time before they turned 24, which means that Football League and Conference clubs would also be entitled to part of the compensation if they had the young player in on loan, even if it was just for a fleeting period, during the early stages of their career.
Due to the mass turnover of players at clubs every season (2,557 different professionals made at least one appearance across the Premier League and Football League alone during 2011/12), it can be very hard for staff to be aware of when one of their former players moves cross-border, especially if the move occurs between two different clubs who are based overseas.
Therefore in a bid to assist them in identifying when outstanding payments are owed, Scout7 have developed a brand new Solidarity Payment widget, which following a period of consultation with a number of clubs across the English game was launched earlier this year.
It enables club administrators to be immediately notified of any transfer involving one of their former players as and when it takes place, which is vital because clubs only have two years to claim their solidarity from the player’s new club, otherwise their payment is no longer eligible.
How to Access the Scout7 Solidarity Payment Widget
As with many other of Scout7’s pioneering new initiatives, the Solidarity Payment widget can be found on Scout7’s brand new Intelligent Sports Framework (ISF).
Licenses are available to purchase for all clubs on a user-by-user basis, which can then be delegated internally to the appropriate members of staff.
As already documented extensively in this edition of Leading the Line, the iSF is an online platform which enables clubs to build their own intelligent and bespoke framework, using centrally integrated administration, scouting and performance data.
The platform can potentially integrate private club information supplied by any of the club’s preferred partners, including all solutions currently provided by Scout7 to the football industry.
How the Widget Works
The Solidarity Payment Widget can automatically detect the players listed in Scout7’s ProScout7 database who are recorded as being with the club from 12-23 and populate them in the widget.
Alternatively the club can upload their own internal list of players and then map each player to the online records.
Once all the players have been successfully uploaded to the widget, a red flag will automatically appear against each player where a solidarity payment is owed.
All cross-border transfers older than two years are displayed by a black flag, indicating that payments can no longer be claimed.
For all players with a red flag, the club Administrator can manage the status of each payment within each player’s own personal record.
They can do this by:
- Amending the player’s historical record to indicate whether their status was amateur or professional on a season-by-season basis
- Adding dates to indicate when the player joined and left the club
- Add private internal notes to the record
- Amend the colour of the flag to change the status of the outstanding payment.
To find out more about the Solidarity Payment Widget, please contact the Scout7 Product team at firstname.lastname@example.org