Being released from a club can be an incredibly stressful time, with many players feeling overwhelmed by the experience. It can be challenging to work out what to do next or find the right support, but if you want to continue playing football, our Transfer List can help you connect with clubs looking for players like you. We’ve put together this handy guide to the Transfer List, so you’ll know exactly what it’s for and how to get the best from it.
How does the Transfer List work?
Once you’ve logged into your account on our website, you can access the Transfer List then fill out the requested information including your player specific information such as position, height and favoured-foot. You can upload your CV and we recommend you include video footage, to further enhance your profile. Once you’ve done that, you’re added on to a list of players that managers from around the world can filter and search. They can then download your CV and watch your videos, and if they are interested in finding out more, they can request your contact details.
Can anybody join the Transfer List?
You can look at the list at any time, but you will need to be out-of-contract to be added. If you’ve been released from a club you can add your details, however if you are still under contract, you will need written approval from your club to confirm that you’re available for new opportunities. If you are playing on a non-contract, you can stay on the list but make sure you let us know if your situation changes. Every month we send out emails to remind players they’re still on the list and ask them to update us with any changes so we can keep it as up-to-date as possible.
Who is the Transfer List for?
Every out-of-contract player can use the Transfer List, but it has been particularly effective for players fresh out of academy or development squads, who are seeking competitive first-team football as their next step. Dropping down a few levels or into non-league football may be necessary for these players to continue their development, often under the guidance of managers, who are ex-professionals. Players may not know much about non-league football or know how to go about getting a new club, so the Transfer List is a good starting point to explore new opportunities.
What support does the PFA provide for out-of-contract players?
Any players who may be struggling with a significant change in their life and dealing with the stress of leaving a club can access the PFA Charity’s 24/7 helpline to speak with a qualified counsellor for support.
We also know that being released may also impact your financial circumstances and that this may be particularly apparent as a result of the COVID-19 situation. The Benevolent Fund provides benefits to those in appropriate need. So, if you are facing financial hardship and require support, we encourage you to consider making an application for financial assistance through our Benevolent Fund.
We also regularly check in with players who are currently out-of-contract to offer them help with whatever plans they’re making for their future careers. Every current and former professional footballer can access funding towards any accredited course, and if you want an alternative career in football, our Coaching department can help you qualify for your coaching badges. We want you to know that there is a life beyond playing football, and whatever you decide, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
Upload your details and connect with your future club by joining the Transfer List here.