Report: Spending by U.S. clubs continues to skyrocket in 2018

Spending by U.S. clubs on the international men's transfer market increased four times in two years, topping $100 million for the first time in 2018.

FIFA's annual report takes into account all transfers registered in its International Transfer Matching System, which has been mandatory since October 2010.

Men: Global Transfer Market Report
Women: Global Transfer Market Report

U.S. clubs spent $107,900,000 in 2018, up from $68,700,000 in 2017 and $25,200,000 in 2016.  Transfer payments to U.S. clubs increased more than seven-fold in 2018 to $19,600,000 but it followed 2017 when payments amounted to only $2,400,000.

Payments in January 2019 alone should top the amount for all of 2018 with deals for Miguel Almiron, Tyler Adams and Chris Richards already completed or about to be completed and other deals contemplated before the winter windows close.

The 2018 spending by U.S. clubs ranked 12th in the world and behind only Mexican clubs in Concacaf. But Mexico clubs brought in $94 million in transfer fees, reducing the net outlay to only $20.2 million, ranked eighth in the world.

French clubs brought in the most transfer fees -- $936.3 million -- and most net payments -- $467.2 million. Clubs in England and Spain both spent more than $1 billion -- $1,981,300,000 and $1,352,500,000, respectively. English clubs were the largest net spenders by a wide margin at $1,046,200,000.

Total spending on men's transfers in the world reached a record-high $7,030,000,000. By contrast, women's transfers were only $564,354 in 2018.

-- The USA led the world in the number of women's players who were transferred to another country. The 144 Americans were more than double than Venezuelans, second in the world with 67 players moving to another country (most to Colombia).

-- The USA also ranked first in the world in minor transfer applications -- minors moving to the United States -- on both the boys side (424 applications, of which 97.2 percent were accepted) and girls side (50 applications, of which 90 percent were accepted).
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