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Product Update: New Features on our Transfer Compensation Platform

Throughout the year, our team of online developers are always encouraged to think outside of the box to identify new and innovative ways to deliver solutions which are relevant to the daily needs of professional clubs.

One area they particular focus on is how we can exploit our extensive archive of player information, which dates back to 2001, to address other key requirements a club may have outside of their scouting and recruitment operation.

One such example of this was a pioneering initiative we first launched a couple of years ago, which introduced player transfer and FIFA solidarity compensation alerts within a club’s Intelligent Sports Framework (ISF), to ensure they were made aware of any outstanding monies owed to them following a move.

We were able to provide this through automatically tracking all of the transfers which were relevant to a club, thanks to our extensive international team of researchers, who monitor and log player transfers on a daily basis.

Given the substantial sums of money now involved in hundreds of cross-border transfers each year, it is worth reminding ourselves exactly how FIFA’s solidarity compensation rules work.

Put simply, any club who had a player registered with them between the ages of 12 and 23 are entitled to compensation whenever that player is involved in a fee-inducing cross-border transfer, at any stage of their career.

The compensation is made up of 5% of the total transfer fee, which has to be divided pro-rata between every club involved in that player’s football education over that 12 year period. Crucially for clubs operating in the lower leagues, it is also worth noting that this also covers clubs who had the player on loan at any time before they turned 24.

In fact, there have been numerous examples in the last two years where clubs operating in the fourth tier of English football have been entitled to claim compensation. The most high-profile of these was Kevin Prince-Boateng’s move from AC Milan to FC Schalke 04, where Portsmouth were one of the major solidarity beneficiaries. Another example is Charni Ekangamene, who moved from Manchester United to Zulte Waregem last summer, which would have interested Carlisle United, who had the Belgian U21 midfielder on loan for a month in 2014.

FIFA solidarity compensation is also a hot issue in the United States at present, with a number of youth clubs having recently filed a lawsuit in relation to unpaid compensation which they believe they are owed.

If we look back to the last transfer window, here are a few examples of clubs who are entitled to claim solidarity compensation following some of the summer’s most high-profile cross-border transfers.

Name

From

To

Fee*

Solidarity Recipients

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Monaco

Internazionale

€35,000,000

Lens, Sevilla

Arda Turan

Atlético Madrid

Barcelona

€34,000,000

Alt. Makelspor, Galatasaray, Manisaspor

Douglas Costa

Shakhtar Donetsk

Bayern Munich

€30,000,000

Grêmio

Baba Rahman

Augsburg

Chelsea

€24,000,000

Dreams FC, Asante Kotoko, Gr. Fürth

Giannelli Imbula

Marseille

FC Porto

€20,000,000

Paris SG, Racing Club, Guingamp,

Y. Ferreira-Carrasco

Monaco

Atlético Madrid

€20,000,000

KRC Genk, Germinal Beerschot

Mario Mandžukić

Atlético Madrid

Juventus

€19,000,000

Marsonia, NK Zagreb, Din. Zagreb

Georginio Wijnaldum

PSV Eindhoven

Newcastle United

€19,000,000

Sparta Rotterdam, Feyenoord

Xherdan Shaqiri

Inter Milan

Stoke City

€16,000,000

FC Basel, Bayern Munich

Luiz Adriano

Shakhtar Donetsk

Milan

€8,000,000

Internacional

Mathew Ryan

Club Brugge

Valencia

€7,000,000

Marconi Stallions, Blacktown City, Central Coast M.

*Fees as reported in the media

One thing which is also crucial to stress is that clubs do not have the luxury of an indefinite period to claim their compensation. Their claim must occur within eighteen months of the transfer, otherwise the money will go instead to their national association for investing in their own youth football development programmes.

In that context, it becomes pretty clear just how powerful Scout7’s alert functionality is to clubs, which is unique across the industry. It is no exaggeration to say that it can ensure that millions of pounds are rightfully shared with every club involved in the training of thousands of players who move each year.

Now following extensive feedback provided by both existing users and national associations, together with our own research, we are pleased to have unveiled a major upgrade to the platform, which has seen a number of new features being launched.

A breakdown of what’s new

The first change has seen us introduce a brand new user interface, which has been developed to be fully customisable with tablet devices. This means that finance and administration staff can now log into the platform from their iPad to check for any recent transfers relevant to them, as well as monitoring the status of any compensation claim currently being processed.

The new desktop interface

One of the other key changes has seen the inclusion of domestic transfer alerts into the platform for the first time. The original version of the platform focused solely on cross-border transfers, however a number of Club Secretaries highlighted the importance of following-up domestic moves too, in the event of a club being entitled to any sell-on fees following a player transfer.

The third and final new functionality change has seen the introduction of automatic email alerts whenever a transfer occurs. This means that the emphasis will no longer be on staff to find the information they need, instead it will automatically be sent straight to their email mailbox so they are aware immediately of a transfer which may require following-up.

Finally, it is also important to stress that if a club is currently managing their compensation claims in the existing Transfer Compensation environment, all their information will be automatically transferred to the new interface, meaning they won’t lose any data if they chose to migrate.

The key features within the Transfer Compensation Platform

To summarise, here is a full breakdown of the key features available:

  • Desktop and tablet device compatibility
  • Live tracking of all domestic and cross-border transfers involving any player previously attached to the club, including loan players
  • A full list of all transfers that have taken place in the last eighteen months
  • Automatic flagging of transfers where solidarity compensation is owed
  • A list of all existing outstanding compensation claims
  • Tools for managing the internal processes for claiming compensation
  • Automatic email alerts highlighting new transfer compensation claims


More information

Throughout our development process, great emphasis was placed in putting the user’s experience right at the heart of the updated platform. To highlight this, we have put together a video which demonstrates all the key functionality.

If you would be interested in seeing this, please email me and let me know. I can be contacted on andy@scout7.com

In addition, if you need any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

If we can help your club recoup any compensation resulting from at least one transfer involving one of your former players that you were previously unaware of, then hopefully our platform will have done its job!

by Andy Cooper PR & Project Manager

Published 18 September 2015

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