A preliminary contract is an agreement of a player and an agreement to make his registration at a later date, and became better known after the Bosman decision in 1995.  A club may sign a preliminary contract with a player, while it is still at another club with which the player agrees to join the club at a later date, usually after the expiry of their contract with their current club. According to the Bosman decision, a player can sign a contract with a new club up to six months before the expiry of his existing contract.  However, FIFA does not have the power to compel member federations to apply the clause, so FIFA is only competent for international transfers to claim compensation. . . .