FIFA, after a meeting on Wednesday, gave the green light to the new player loan regulations, which will officially come into force from July 1. Until now, there was no limitation at this level.
The new rules will apply to all professional footballers aged 21 or under, educated at their respective clubs, and the regulations will impact both the maximum number of players who can be signed or loaned and the duration of transfers , which become have a minimum term of six months, not exceeding one year.
Clubs belonging to FIFA-affiliated associations will have three years to comply with the new rules.
Thus, for the next season, from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, a club can receive a maximum of eight players on loan and have the same number of transfers. The following season, from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024, the configuration is identical, but with a reduction to seven players, and finally, from July 1, 2024, the limitation will be a maximum of six professionals.
In addition, the number of loans between two clubs is limited to a maximum of three players to be allocated or received.
Debate on this issue began in 2017, but FIFA’s enforcement of the rules was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.