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Kuala Lumpur: A FIFA Transfer Matching System Conference 2013 kicked off at AFC House in the Malaysian capital on Wednesday to facilitate a better global player transfer environment in the future.

MA representatives attended the conference which aimed to provide targeted training on the transfer matching system through case studies and discussion groups.

The conference also aspired to educate the participants on the changes to Annex 3 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players and build awareness on minors as well as get and give feedback on the use of the system.

AFC’s Interim Director of Legal Department Mahajan Vasudevan Nair welcomed the participants and presenters to the conference.

“On behalf of the AFC President and General Secretary, I would like to welcome you all to the FIFA Transfer Matching System Conference 2013,” he said. “The main objective of this workshop is to provide information to our Member Associations about FIFA’s transfer matching system.

“We would like to emphasise that whatever you learn about the system here, it’s the responsibility of the Member Associations to train their clubs in its use. This conference will teach you on the intricacies of the new system, the changes brought under the 2012 regulations and the global transfer market report.”

FIFA Transfer Matching System GmbH General Manager Mark Goddard, before the conference started, said: “FIFA TMS is now pushing forward and I believe with our system the process of player transfers will be even better thanks partly to feedback from you the users.

“There have also been changes from last year and based the mandate given to us by the FIFA Congress, we now have an exciting range of products and services such as the ‘Global Transfer Market 2012: Full Report’ and ‘Global Transfer Market 2012: Highlights’. The reports offer deep insight into the transfer market in the MAs and continents.

“I also hope that this conference today would let us network and discuss and solve our common issues and facilitate an even better transfer scenario in the future.”

The conference started with a panel discussion between FIFA TMS Head of Integrity and Compliance Kimberly Morris, Adriano Leng of FIFA Players Status and Governance and Ahmad Al Saimi of the UAE Football Association.

It was followed by a presentation on integrity and compliance by Morris, case studies discussion, debate sessions, presentation on changes to the TMS system and Q&A session.

The FIFA TMS vision is to foster and sustain a transparent global transfer market based on integrity, accountability and innovation. The full participation of member associations and professional clubs in FIFA TMS greatly contributes to this vision.

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