From 2024, clubs will be restricted to six players loaned in and six loaned out at a time. Under 21s and club-trained players will be exempted.
The world football’s governing body FIFA have revealed plans, which are set to be in place in time for the summer transfer window, which aim to ensure young players are protected and given game-time if they are not included within a club’s senior team.
The rules FIFA set to introduce include:
The requirement of a written agreement defining the terms of the loan, in particular its duration and financial conditions. The loan agreement should include a minimum duration, and a maximum loan duration – not exceeding one year.
A ban on sub-loaning professional player who is already on loan to a third club.
A limit on the number of loans per season between the same clubs. At any given time during a season, a club may only have a maximum of three professionals loaned in from a single club.
Restrictions on a club’s total number of loans per season and ensures that this is implemented accordingly, there will be a three stage transitional period.
Starting July 1 to June 30 2023, clubs may have a maximum of eight professional players loaned out and eight loaned in at any given time during a season.
From July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024, the number will be reduced to seven professionals.
And from July 1 2024, that figure will again be reduced to six professional.
However, the incoming set regulations will not apply to players aged 21 and below plus club-trained players, who are exempted from these limitations.
According to FIFA, the objective of the new rules are to ‘develop young players, promote competitive balance and prevent hoarding’.