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FIFA introduce new player loan regulations

FIFA are introducing new loan regulations from the 1st of July.

This means clubs must pay heed to a new regulatory framework when negotiating such loan moves this summer.

From what we can see, this is a blatant attempt to prevent the stockpiling of talent – which is often seen when bigger clubs designated feeder clubs throughout the globe.

FIFA’s new loan regulations mean that clubs will be allowed to loan a maximum of 3 players from one club and will only be permitted to loan 8 players in total, as per Diario AS.

Manchester United’s second choice goalkeeper Dean Henderson is closing in on a loan move to Nottingham Forest, so we’ll see the new rules kick into play pretty soon.

The first Premier League club I think will be impacted most by this is Chelsea (all you need to do is check how many players they sent out on loan down the years).

However, there are exceptions to those rules – for players aged 21 and under, as well as those who qualify as homegrown. I’m sure that means some clubs will find ways around the whole stockpiling exercise…

This will have a greater effect on clubs in lower divisions who rely on loans to build their squad every season. It’s not something United need to worry about, although you never know how bad things could get if the Glazers don’t pack up and get out of town.

Second time trying

FIFA initially planned to introduce these new loan regulations back in 2020, but according to Sky Sports they postponed their decision due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other key provisions:

• The maximum duration of international loans will be one year
• Prohibition of the sub-loaning of players

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