ECA Publications & Research

The European Club Association regularly publishes research studies providing its members clubs with valuable information relating to professional football.

On this page, you will find a selection of relevant research, studies and reports for download. In addition to the official ECA Research Documents, you will also find studies and reports from public institutions, universities and private companies.

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Latest Publication: Study on the Transfer System in Europe
Further to a study published by the European Commission in 2012, the current Transfer System has recently become subject of intense discussions in the world of football. It has been noted that the focus of these discussions is often led by individual opinions and personal experiences with little focus on detailed financial and data-based analysis. It is for this reason that ECA felt the need to commission a study highlighting the reality governing the transfer system. The aim of this study, based on real figures from official sources and focussing on a European perspective, is to understand how the current transfer system operates in order to provide a more credible and reliable basis for discussion. The Study offers an in-depth overview of all the incoming and outgoing transfer transactions involving European clubs over a two-year period. The ECA Executive Board mandated PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and LIUC University to carry out this work. 

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