FIFA’s Football Stakeholders Committee have recommended a limit on loans of players as part of a series of reforms to the current transfer system.The restriction on international loans is specifically targeting Europe’s biggest clubs to “prevent player hoarding and ensure that loans have a valid sporting purpose for youth development as opposed to commercial purposes”.
To do this they have proposed limitations on international loans of players aged 22 and older. The measures will be submitted to the FIFA Council at its next meeting on 24 October.
If passed, as of the 2020-21 season, clubs will be limited to eight international loans in and out. This will be reduced to six by the 2022-23 season.There will also be a maximum of three loans in and three out by the same two clubs.
The committee also endorsed a cap on agents’ commissions and limiting multiple representation to avoid conflicts of interests. A “clearing house” will be launched to ensure automated payment of solidarity contributions and “boost the amount duly paid to training clubs while improving the transparency of the whole system”.