Soccer-FIFA approves new loan regulations to come into force from July

FIFA's logo is seen at its headquarters in Zurich
FIFA's logo is seen at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

March 30, 2022

(Reuters) – The FIFA Council adopted new regulations aimed at limiting the number of loan signings a club can make, world soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday after the Council met ahead of the 72nd Ordinary Congress in Doha, Qatar.

In a bid to foster player development and prevent the hoarding of players, clubs will be limited to eight international loan signings in and eight loaned out from next season.

The number will drop to seven the following year and then remain at six from 2024-25 onwards. The new regulations come into force from July 1.

Homegrown players and those under the age of 21, however, will remain exempt from the regulations.

The regulations also include the introduction of a minimum duration of a loan deal, which would be between two transfer windows, while the maximum duration will be one year.

FIFA added that 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. “Sub-loaning” players to a third club is also prohibited.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)