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FIFA aims to help clubs avoid using agents

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ZURICH (AP) -FIFA aims to "revolutionize" the transfer market by helping clubs avoid using agents, who took commissions averaging 28 percent in cross-border player deals in 2012.

FIFA says it is developing a system to help clubs deal directly with each other, and give information about players available to sign.

Clubs have told FIFA they "often have to rely on intermediaries, thus increasing club costs."

FIFA is also restricting agents by preparing rules to limit third-party investments in players' transfer rights.

FIFA plans to publish details in March of last year's international transfer business, which was worth more than $3 billion (then ?2.25 billion) in 2011.

FIFA says its online transfer booking service approved 11,555 international signings in 2012, where players moved between clubs in different countries, a year-on-year decrease of 1 percent.

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