Nigeria is first FIFA member association in Africa to implement the Transfer Matching System (TMS) and Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS), global football governing body, FIFA has announced.
The adoption of the system by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was facilitated by the League Management Company (LMC), the local custodians of the Nigeria Professional Football League, FIFA said.
The DTMS online platform, which includes league access, will allow the NFF and the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) to manage their international and domestic transfers through one system.
The platform is modeled on the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS), which is provided to 211 Member Associations and 6,500 clubs around the world for the cross-border transfer of players.
The system will also provide the NFF and its clubs throughout Nigeria the ability to manage national and international transfers on one platform, generate transfer activity reports and have greater monitoring levels to enhance transparency and governance.
Additional member associations from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) are expected to implement the DTMS later this year, according to FIFA.
The NFF’s adhesion to the system was facilitated by the custodians of the NPFL, the League Management Company (LMC).
FIFA TMS developed the DTMS system in response to demand from MAs and clubs for a domestic transfer system based on ITMS, the football body said.