New Fifa rules to restrict international loans

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Fifa is introducing new rules that are claimed to tackle issues with the loan system which has allowed some clubs to hoard young players without giving them a path to the first team.

From 1 July 2022, clubs will only be able to sign a maximum of eight international loan signings in the 2022-23 season, while a further eight players can be loaned out across borders.

It will then drop to seven ahead of the 2023-24 season and six indefinitely from the 2024-25 campaign. But the change of regulations will not apply to players aged 21 and younger, allowing unlimited loans to continue during their crucial development years.

Fifa claim this will promote the development of young players and help build 'competitive balance'.

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 08/06/2022 at 11:42:50
Those limits seem way too high to have any effect whatsoever, but maybe I'm looking at it from a distinctly Everton perspective – historically, Everton's international loan deals have been small in number:

Last season:
Jean-Philippe Gbamin (CSKA Moscow).
Moise Kean (Juventus)
Joao Virginia (Sporting Lisbon)
Niels Nkounkou (Standard Liege)
Ellis Simms (Hearts)

Season 2020-21:
Moise Kean (PSG)
Jonjoe Kenny (Celitc)
Cenk Tosun (Besiktas)

I can't even think of any players coming in on international loans. And what about the domestic loans? They are usually far more numerous, and I think they have been much more damaging to the development of the younger players left behind.

Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 08/06/2022 at 12:24:32
I too don't see how this makes much of a difference in the broader sense.

Thinking of incomings, but was it Watford who had something going on with Udinese a few years ago? And Wolves with their Portugal connections? Although they were mainly signings? Sorry for the question marks, I haven't done my Google due diligence, so I'm firing from the hip and vague memory.

And and outgoings, like Everton, a lot of clubs tend to loan out players to the lower English leagues. Would the Scottish league count as foreign? I suppose in UEFA and football terms it would?

I don't think this changes a lot, but what I am more interested in is the point about players aged 21 and younger not having a cap. Surely it should be the other way around so that clubs take ownership of, invest in and promote the grass roots on their doorstep rather than take the Arsne Wenger approach of packing the academy with youngsters from far afield.

Not that I'm criticising Wenger; I had and have a lot of respect for him as a professor of football. But it just seems to not encourage development or investment in local talent.

Lee Courtliff
3 Posted 09/06/2022 at 17:36:55
Don't forget Mr Stracqualursi!! He was generally quite poor but very likeable, clearly gave his all in every game.
Charles Brewer
4 Posted 15/06/2022 at 11:10:12
Since FIFA does nothing which doesn't involve kickbacks and corruption, I'm trying to work out how this benefits the "Shit Six" and their friends in Europe.

Maybe they are going to have a new system where borrowing clubs (who generally aren't in the Champions League) have to pay an extra levy to FIFA, or perhaps they won't be allowed to play against Champions League teams, because of, you know, reasons…

James Flynn
5 Posted 18/06/2022 at 01:20:15
Is this a "Chelsea" ruling?

Not sure which side of 21 they've been. But they certainly were known for signing, then loaning out lots of players, year-in and year-out.


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