FIFA has announced plans to implement new loan-deal rules to achieve a greater ‘competitive balance.’ The game’s governing body has disclosed that modifications to the loan system will go into effect this summer, with the rules aimed at promoting ‘young player development, competitive balance, and preventing talent hoarding’ among top teams.
The FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee approved the rules last year, and they will now be sent to the FIFA Council for approval in the coming months, with the aim that the modifications will be in place for the summer transfer window of 2022.
The modifications were made for FIFA to put an end to the practice of the world’s wealthiest clubs ‘hoarding’ talent by signing large numbers of players and then loaning them out.
While some players return to play important roles, others are sold for large sums of money without ever appearing for their parent club, and FIFA is working to restore equilibrium to the transfer market.
Chelsea has been a strong proponent of talent stockpiling in recent months, and the west London club presently has 21 players on loan. In the next campaigns, these numbers will be dramatically decreased as a result of the modifications.
About the Loan
FIFA has detailed the modifications on its official website, stating that the judgments would include the following mentioned below:
The requirement of a written agreement describing the loan’s terms, including the loan’s duration and financial parameters. The gap between the two registration periods is the minimum loan duration, while the maximum loan duration is one year.
Sub-loaning a professional player who is already on loan to a third team is prohibited. A limit on the number of loans between the same clubs per season: a club may have a maximum of three professionals loaned out to a single club and a maximum of three professionals loaned in from a single club at any given point during the season. A limit on the total amount of loans a team can make in a given season.
For the 2023/24 season, FIFA intends to cut the number of permissible loans from eight to seven, followed by a reduction to six for the next campaign. Athletes under the age of 21 and club-trained players, on the other hand, will be immune from the restrictions.