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Can teams still sign players after the transfer window has closed? | Football

Premier League clubs have had a busy summer transfer window (Image: Harriet Lander – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The deadline has passed, bringing the summer 2022 transfer window to an end.

Premier League clubs have been scrambling around in the final hours of the window to put the finishing touches on their squads that will see them into the new year.

But can teams still sign players now that the summer transfer window has closed? Here’s everything you need to know.

Can clubs still sign players after the transfer window has closed?

Teams across England and across Europe can still negotiate outside the window.

However, players cannot be registered with their new clubs once the transfer window is closed.

In practice this means that clubs can agree to sign a player from another side but the new signing is not yet able to register with the league they are moving to and therefore cannot play for their new clubs until the transfer window reopens.

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The only exception is the Premier League and EFL emergency loan rule, which means clubs can loan a goalkeeper outside the window if all goalkeepers in their first team are unavailable through injuries and suspensions.

Can clubs still sign free agents after the end of the transfer window?

Players who do not have a contract with a club are referred to as free agents.

Free agents can sign for any team at any time throughout the year as they are not tied to any current club.

What is a deal sheet?

A deal sheet is a document that confirms that negotiations have been completed and an agreement has been reached.

When a deal has been completed and there are only a few minutes left before the window closes, it is not always possible to go through all the paperwork needed to complete the transfer.

In the case of the last window, the deadline was 11:00 p.m., which meant that the deal sheet had to be completed and submitted within two hours of the deadline, i.e. no later than 9:00 p.m.

Another two hours are then allocated to complete all the paperwork and officially complete the transfer.

When a team completes an international transfer, they must still meet the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) midnight deadline.

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