Zurich, April 27 (BNA): The National Football Association said today, Thursday, that nearly half of the candidates have failed the new FIFA exam to work as a player’s agent in football.
Just 1,962 people 52% of 3,800 candidates worldwide passed a test last week to obtain a license that will be mandatory to work in transfer and contract negotiations from October.
FIFA is being challenged in several legal cases across Europe by agents and lawyers seeking to block a new licensing regime that would cap fees and regulate an industry that generates hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
The second round of exams will be held in September. The cost to take the exam is $600 and the pass mark is set at 75% for answering 20 questions in one hour in English, French or Spanish, the AP reports.
The test is mandatory for potential agents who were not licensed in 2015 under an earlier system.
Longtime agents, including some who have earned tens of millions of dollars in high-profile transfer deals, could be exempt from the test if they apply for a license by September. They must also commit to ongoing training.
FIFA wants to limit an agent’s earnings to a maximum of 10% of the transfer fee when he acts for the selling club.
Agents will also be limited to 3% of a player’s salary when those earnings are more than $200,000 per year, or 5% when a player earns up to $200,000.
These limits will be 6% and 10% respectively, when the agent is acting on behalf of both the player and the club to which they are signed.