Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and a host of other Premier League sides are set for a transfer hammer blow with a FIFA rule change set
Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and a host of other Premier League sides are set for a transfer hammer blow with a FIFA rule change set to be introduced. The new plans will limit clubs so that they are only allowed to loan out six players per season.
When it comes to loan players, Chelsea tend to stick out due to the hoard of talent they have on the books playing temporarily elsewhere.
Lewis Baker, for example, made just his second ever appearance for the Blues this campaign, eight seasons after his debut, with eight loan spells sandwiched between.
That has drawn criticism in the past, and Chelsea are certainly not the only guilty party.
FIFA seemingly want to stop clubs stockpiling players in a similar fashion in light of their recently-announced plans.
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They are also keen to avoid teams setting up ‘feeder-club’ arrangements, which enables patterns of loan and permanent signings between two sides, foreign or domestic.
Where Chelsea have 11 players listed as loaned out, including on-loan Crystal Palace star Conor Gallagher, Man City have nine of their own.
Man Utd are right there with them, in line with a host of top sides who prefer to give their young talent experience by playing where they are able to get regular action.
The Premier League’s big hitters are unlikely to get caught out straight away though, with FIFA giving everyone time to prepare for the new regulations.
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“Following the decision passed by the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee last year, the new regulations concerning loans of players in international football are now ready to be implemented.
“They will be submitted to the FIFA Council for approval at its next meeting with a view to their entering into force on 1 July 2022.
“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.
“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 new regulatory framework includes the following:
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.