Originally created 01/24/04

MLS to be subject to FIFA transfer windows



NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer has been told by soccer's governing body that it must be limited to two periods in which transfers of players from outside the United States are allowed.

Under FIFA's new regulations, which were given to the U.S. Soccer Federation, players under contract to clubs outside the United States can be dealt to MLS teams only from Jan. 1 until March 1, and from Aug. 15 until Sept. 15, the league said.

While most soccer leagues start in late summer and finish in the spring, MLS's season runs from April to November. Because of that, its transfer periods set by FIFA differ from the international norm.

FIFA's decision was first reported Friday by the New York Daily News.