FIFA : The International Football Federation has published on its website a draft of the updated conditions for the loan of football players, which will come into force on July 1, 2022. MK-Sport figured out what they mean for domestic football, as well as who will benefit from our clubs and who will lose from these FIFA innovations.
At the very beginning, you must immediately make a reservation – everything is not so scary for Russian clubs. This time. And the new rules still have to be approved by the FIFA Council, although the start date for their action is already known – July 1. This is two. Finally, restrictions will be tightened gradually over three years to give clubs the opportunity to put their relationship with loan players and other teams in order. It’s three.
Now in more detail.
On the official website of FIFA, a message appeared about the introduction of new rules for the loan of players. It is noteworthy that this happened simultaneously with another, no less important event. FIFA President Gianni Infantino , at the invitation of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), met with leading football players and representatives of football trade unions in London. the meeting was attended by Frenchman Paul Pogba and Spaniard Juan Mata of Manchester United,
England players Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton who play for Manchester City, PFA chief executive Maeta Molango and FIFA head of global football development Arsene Wenger. It was, of course, about revising the international football calendar and the need to hold the World Cup every two years. At the same time, again quite naturally, the FIFA website reported that all participants in the meeting were simply delighted with this initiative of Arsene Wenger and Gianni Infantino.
But back to the new rules for renting players. Which FIFA – according to the words of the leaders of this organization – wants to change only for the sake of developing young players, strengthening sports principles and competitive balance, and preventing some rich clubs from “hoarding” young promising football players.
It is planned that from July 1, 2022, the maximum number of players that can be loaned and sent on loan will be eight people, in the 2023/24 season the number will be reduced to seven, and from July 2024 to six. There will also be a ban on loaning players who are already on loan. The terms of the lease will now be determined by written agreement.
The minimum possible loan period will be the interval between two transfer windows, and the maximum one year.
In addition, FIFA will limit the number of players that can be loaned to one club. Under the new rules, a club will not be able to have more than three players on loan from another club and will not be able to loan more than three players to the same club.
Based on such proposals, it becomes clear why Infantino’s meeting with players and union leaders took place in England. Premier League clubs may have big problems implementing these rules. For example, Chelsea currently have 11 players listed as on loan, including England hopes Conor Gallagher, who is on loan at Crystal Palace. And Manchester City have nine players on loan. Other Premier League teams are in a similar situation, as they often prefer certain “contractors” and sign agreements with certain foreign or local clubs. What’s more, some clubs even have loan officers overseeing such deals. Therefore, FIFA wants them not to actually create farm clubs. So it’s quite possible that after one meeting ended, Infantino & Co. had to go through several less pleasant negotiations.
What do we have?
In Russian football, things are a little different. In our country, all such transactions are determined by the “Regulations on the status and transfers of football players” of the Russian Football Union, which have been in force for many years. And for the specialists of the RFU this was not news, since such initiatives have been discussed for several years. This gave us the opportunity to prepare in advance.
Perhaps that is why the regulatory documents of the Russian Premier League and the National Football League are currently in some aspects even tougher than the innovations proposed by FIFA.
For example, in the RPL in each match of the championship as part of one team, no more than two players who have transferred to the corresponding club on loan terms from another one Premier League club can enter the field. Including on the terms of sublease, when the “original” club of a football player was this other club. Moreover, this applies to all players included in the clubs’ through application for the season.
Moreover, each RPL club during the season can simultaneously register for participation in the championship no more than two players who transferred to this club, starting from August 07, 2020, on a loan basis from another one RPL Club, including on the terms of “sublease” , where the original club of the player was this other RPL club.
That is, for Premier League clubs, the restrictions apply only to the total number of loaned players. But according to the data obtained by MK-Sport from authoritative sources, their number was already small. Although some may recall the examples of Bukharov , Ryazantsev , or even Yusupov , they are also all in the past.
Of course, the situations that Tambov and other teams similar to it fell into stand apart, when they had to massively rent players in order to finish the season and not violate the sports principle when determining the final places of the RPL championship. But after the tightening of the club licensing system by the joint commission of the RFU and the RPL, I would like to hope that this will not happen again.
Perhaps one of the few clubs that may experience any inconvenience from FIFA innovations may be Krasnodar with its academy. One of the best in the world, by the way. But here, most likely, Sergey Galitsky and his employees will be able to find optimal solutions. Moreover, the new rules will not affect players aged 21 and under, as well as the club’s alumni, according to a FIFA statement.
In the FNL, too, during the season in any individual club, no more than five players who have transferred on loan can be declared at a time, so there are unlikely to be any difficulties here either.
In any case, as MK-Sport found out, after the FIFA Councils adopt new rules for renting players, the RFU will make the necessary changes to its regulations on the status and transfers of players so that it meets international standards.