FIFA’s initial plan to reform the players transfer system is set to begin next season by overhauling the international loan regulations.


The upcoming loan rules will no longer leave any space for the clubs to hoard young talents and then loan them out to any clubs without any limits in duration or even any chance for them to be included in the first team squad. Moreover, such will help creating more balance in the competition as well. The current rule has the potential in crushing the youngsters’ dreams, should they have difficulty to keep themselves motivated to develop themselves until finding the right clubs who are willing to give them opportunity to grow.


Chelsea has been one example taking advantage of the current regulation. They are notorious for stockpiling young stars only to be loaned out without a clear shot to shine in Stamford Bridge. Not all players who have been kept on loan for long could be lucky and thrive well like Kevin de Bryune, Romelu Lukaku or Mo Salah. There are some others whose career has hit the reef such as Lucas Piazon, Marco Van Ginkel or Gael Kakuta. They just end up being the average players and will never get the chance to play in top teams. At the moment, The Blues still have 21 names sent on loan, eight of whom are playing outside England.


FIFA has been targeting to modify the transfer system since 2017. It was originally set to come into force in July 2020 but then delayed due to the world pandemic. Here are the details of the new rules on loaning players:


  • Each club can only loan in and out maximum eight players abroad in 2022/23. The numbers will be decreased in the following season to seven players and six players in 2024/25 onwards.
  • Each club is also limited to have three loan signings in and out to one domestic side.
  • Players can only be sent on loan for maximum a year.
  • Players who are the subject of this regulation must be aged 21 years old above and not the product of the club’s academy or trained by the club since their youth.
  • The sub-loaning practice (loaning out the players who are still on loan) will be considered as a violation.
  • The loan deal details must be provided in a written agreement to define the terms of loan, which include the financial conditions, duration etc.
  • The domestic loan regulations by each national football association must be introduced in line with the FIFA’s no later than 1st of July, 2025.


This move could be seen as the phase one of FIFA's master plan in the world transfer system reformation. The next phase could be aiming at limiting the agents and middlemen's role in the players’ transfer which has given them far too much financial benefits as well as led to the skyrocketing transfer fees. There has been yet official report when it will be announced. However, the world football governing body is surely in progress of doing so.