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FIFA announces new loan rules to clamp down on ‘player hoarding’ - The Athletic

New regulations that cap the number of international loans in and out of football clubs are set to come into force in July, in an attempt to prevent teams...

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New regulations that cap the number of international loans in and out of football clubs are set to come into force in July, in an attempt to prevent teams from stockpiling talent.

The new rules, announced by FIFA on Thursday, will see clubs limited to a maximum of eight international loan signings in and eight loaned out.

This total will drop to seven ahead of the 2023-24 season and remain at six from 2024-25 and beyond.

The rules do not cover domestic loans — but FIFA has said national associations must bring their own regulations in line within three years. So by July 1, 2025 at the latest.

But not every player will be impacted by the new rules. The incoming regulations will not apply to players aged 21 and younger, while club-trained players will also be exempt.

The regulations are expected to be given final approval by the FIFA Council. They were originally due to be implemented ahead of the 2020-21 season but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The changes are part of a wider reform of the transfer system which FIFA instigated in 2017.

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