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FIFA's International Transfer Matching System completes a 100,000 transfers

ZURICH, March 20, 2018 - FIFA’s International Transfer Matching System (ITMS) reached an important milestone today, as the 100,000th international transfer was processed since the system became mandatory in 2010.ITMS is the result of a decision made in May 2007, when the FIFA Congress voted to create an online system for international professional football transfers, with the objective of increasing integrity and transparency in the transfer market.Since 1 October 2010, when ITMS became mandatory for all international transfers of professional 11 a-side male players around the world, the transfers ...


Gender imbalance slowly but surely being addressed, says Katharine Merry

By Bihan Sengupta
MONTE CARLO, March 17, 2018 Athletics, like many sports, can prepare a person for their life beyond their sports career.Learning how to rise above challenges certainly helped 2000 Olympic 400m bronze medallist Katharine Merry in her move to a career in broadcasting.“I was inspired by Kathy Cook, who won Olympic bronze at Los Angeles in 1984, and when I came into athletics, I was very aware of a 50-50 sort of split in the sport,” said Merry, speaking at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018, where she worked as the in-stadium presenter.“I only realised the difference in representation ...
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United 2026 promises 'no stone unturned' in pursuit of World Cup votes to make it second time lucky

By Keir Radnedge
LONDON, March 16, 2018 - This is Bid Book Day. The FIFA Council is meeting in Colombia, reviewing proposals to reshape world football’s supporting acts, but the focus on the headlining World Cup itself is back at headquarters in Zurich.United States plus junior partners Canada and Mexico are competing with Morocco to corral the 2026 finals. In Zurich they are handing over formal tomes for the sake of the photographers but the in-depth paraphernalia is scripted not in print but in electronic bibles.Favourite is United 2026, considering the handover as firing the starting pistol to high-intensity ...


The IOC, UN Women, UNESCO, P&G and NBC Sports are changing the conversation about women in sport

LAUSANNE, March 16, 2018 - The event, moderated by acclaimed NBC Sports commentator Andrea Joyce, brought together athletes, gender equality experts, public and private sector representatives, media, and other Olympic Movement stakeholders to highlight the importance of balanced media portrayal in ensuring equal representation of women and men in sports. Featured speakers included Donna de Varona – two-time Olympic gold medallist in swimming, Emmy-winning sports broadcaster, activist and IOC Women in Sport Commission member – as well as Maia Shibutani – two-time Olympic bronze medallist, ...
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