AFA hopes to become the agent's body of choice in English football

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The Association of Football Agents hopes to overcome the deregulation of the profession by becoming the only licensed body to deal with transfers in England.

FIFA's reformed player agent system began a year ago today, with the world governing body's new system meaning licenses were no longer required.

The AFA warned that the change would see a return to the "wild west" seen before regulation was brought in and appealed against FIFA's Regulations on Working with Intermediaries to the European Commission.

There has been no outcome to that, nor has FIFA responded to letters on the matter, but the AFA is hoping to become a recognised regulatory body for agents in England.

AFA board member Rachel Anderson says it is "extremely early days" for that move, but it is something the representative body of England's football agents believes is important.

"Of course we would like to but we're not in negotiations at the moment at all," Anderson told Press Association Sport.

"Is it something we would want to do? Yes. It is something we would definitely like to do under the FA.

"But you have get to get all parties - the Premier League, the Football League, PFA, everybody - on board, not least FIFA. God knows how you do that.

"Honestly, they just don't reply to anything, which is why they deregulated it.

"Rather than deal with the growing problem of unlicensed agents, FIFA decided to remove all licences."

AFA chairman Mel Stein says FIFA's deregulation could "reduce football to a circus", claiming in the Daily Telegraph it is "illegal and anti-competitive".

Gareth Bale's representative Jonathan Barnett, an AFA board member, believes it could put players' well-being at risk and Anderson highlighted the importance of quality regulation.

"We want a high standard," she added. "When we were licensed before, that was a bit flawed but at least they had the power to take the licence away, etc.

"But at the moment, literally anybody can call themselves an agent and there's no recourse at all, which we find very frustrating."

FIFA was not in a position to comment on the matter when approached by Press Association Sport.

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