Video: FIFA introduce new loan regulations

by | Jan 20, 2022 12:54

FIFA have introduced new regulations for loan deals including a limit of players loaned in and out for every club.

“The introduction of a new regulatory framework for player loans is another important step in the context of the wider reform of the transfer system, the process of which began in 2017,” an official statement read.

“Initially planned to start in July 2020, the implementation of the new rules had to be delayed as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The discussions with the different stakeholder groups have laid the foundations for this new framework and ensured that the new rules are firmly anchored on the following core objectives:

  • Developing young players

  • Promoting competitive balance

  • Preventing the hoarding of players

“To ensure that these objectives are achieved, the new regulatory framework will include:

  • The requirement of a written agreement defining the terms of the loan, in particular its duration and financial conditions

  • A minimum loan duration, being the interval between two registration periods, and a maximum loan duration, being one year

  • A prohibition on sub-loaning a professional player who is already on loan to a third club

  • A limitation 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 out to a single club and a maximum of three professionals loaned in from a single club

  • A limitation on a club’s total number of loans per season.

“To ensure that this is implemented smoothly, there will be a transitional period as follows: From 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023, a club may have a maximum of eight professionals loaned out and eight loaned in at any given time during a season.

“From 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024, the same configuration applies but with a maximum of seven professionals.

“Finally, from 1 July 2024, the same configuration will apply but limited to a maximum of six professionals. * Players aged 21 and younger and club-trained players will be exempt from these limitations.”


  1. chris

    Clubs have intentionally found ways around it for years. Off the top of my head Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona became experts at it for a long time.

  2. Rosario

    Club trained and players under the age of 21 will still be allowed to be taken advantage of. This isn’t going far enough.


    So after FiFA Fair Play has been totally disregarded, you let the clubs like P$G and Man City funded by oil money/oligarchs buy the most expensive players and then impose restrictions on the other clubs trying to catch up with… very clever dominance strategy

  4. Rosario

    @I miss juventus in serie a

    Wrong article, fella.

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