Ilorin – World football governing body FIFA on Tuesday announced that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was the first member association (MA) in Africa to implement the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS)
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FIFA operates a TMS which applies to all its MAs, which in turn have a Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS).
The DTMS online platform, which includes league access, will allow the NFF and the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) to manage its international and domestic transfers via one system.
It is modelled on the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS), which is provided to 211 MAs and 6,500 clubs around the world for the cross-border transfer of players.
The system will provide the NFF and its clubs throughout Nigeria the ability to manage national and international transfers on one platform.
They will also be able to generate transfer activity reports and have greater monitoring levels to enhance transparency and governance.
FIFA, in a statement released on its website, said additional MAs from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) are expected to implement the DTMS later this year.
NFF’s adherence to the system was facilitated by the custodians of the NPFL, the League Management Company (LMC).
NAN recalls that FIFA TMS developed the DTMS system in response to demand from MAs and clubs for a domestic transfer system based on ITMS.(NAN)