|What are solidarity payments?
The solidarity payment system was created by FIFA in 2001 to compensate clubs for being the engine room of football development. Under FIFA rules, when a pro player is transferred internationally, 5% of transfer fee paid should go to the club(s) that trained that player (“training clubs”) between the ages of 12 and 23. (Refer to the FIFA RSTP for further details.)
What is changing and how does it affect my club?
Chasing solidarity payments has until now been left to the training clubs. Legal fees and long waits (typically 18-24 months) were the norm with only about 20% of these payments actually made to clubs. With US$7 billion in transfer fees paid globally last year, nearly US$300 million (R14 billion) in club compensation went unclaimed. Over the past five years, unpaid solidarity payments exceeded a staggering US$1billion. But all that is about to change…
FIFA’s solidarity reform package, endorsed by the FIFA Council andFootball Stakeholders Committee in 2018, means the end of this broken system. FIFA’s reforms specify that solidarity payments will be automatically withheld and paid to training clubs using the member associations’ electronic registration systems to determine beneficiaries based on the players’ registration history – the “player passport” in FIFA terms. In South Africa, that system is MYSAFA.
“This reform package is significant for SAFA’s clubs and we are proud to be at the forefront of the movement. It would not be possible if it was not for SAFA’s investment in player and club registration systems and integration with FIFA’s platform. We expect that solidarity payments to clubs will dwarf that investment.”
– SAFA Acting CEO Russell Paul
What do I get for my CLUB PRO subscription?
With payment of your annual subscription fee (R980) MYSAFA will:
- Register your club with FIFA Connect. MYSAFA will submit all necessary documentation including contact details to FIFA and generate a FIFA Connect Club Id. This will be the FIFA ID used for the lifetime of your club.
- Players registered to your club will include your club’s FIFA id in their player passport records, used to assign and pay solidarity claims, whenever requested by FIFA.
- Receive access to MYSAFA, allowing you to register, upload supporting documents and “claim” your currently unregistered players. Once your LFA or region approves these registrations, no other club will be able to register them without a clearance.
- Check if a player is already registered to any other SAFA club.
- Request cards (through your LFA) for non-league competitions such as the Engen Knockout.
Later this year MYSAFA will add further CLUB PRO features, including the ability to request and approve player clearances electronically.
How do I register?
- Download, print and fill-in the attached form.
- Take the form to your LFA for approval/signature.
- Pay the Club Pro subscription fee. Bank details are printed at the top of the form.
- Send proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MYSAFA will handle the rest. In 10 to 14 days, you will receive via email your FIFA Connect ID number as well as your login to MYSAFA and instructions for how to submit your unregistered players for approval by your LFA. (Your annual subscription entitles you to 14 free MYSAFA player registrations. Clubs will be billed R19 for each subsequent player registered and approved.)
If you have further questions, please refer to the FAQ on the mysafaclubpro.com website.