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How FIFA’s new loan rules aim to stop the ‘hoarding’ of talent by the wealthiest clubs – The Athletic

Editor’s note: This article was updated on January 26, 2022 after more clarification from FIFA on its new loan rules.

The abuse of the international football loan market is coming to an end. At least that is the hope of FIFA, the world governing body.

New rules will soon limit the number of players a club can send out on loan, with just six allowed by 2024-25.

FIFA’s clear and unabashed objective is to block the ‘hoarding’ of talent for the financial and competitive gain of a club. Such self-serving stockpiling, in theory at least, ends here for the elite.

The Athletic analyzes the impact of new FIFA rules on Premier League clubs.

So what are the new rules?

Significant changes were announced yesterday, with none bigger than clubs being allowed to loan six players to teams from other countries by the start of the 2024-25 season. There will be notable exemptions, with club-trained players aged 21 and under not included in the cap, but this is FIFA’s attempt to stop stockpiling players and reinstate something closer to the cap. a “competitive balance”.

First comes a period of transition. From this summer, no club will be allowed to send more than eight international loans before the number is reduced to seven for 2023-24. In less than three years, the limit will be reduced to six such loans.

The decision was adopted by FIFA’s Football Stakeholders Committee last year and will now be submitted to the next FIFA Council meeting, likely in early March, for ratification before the summer transfer window.