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The new transfer rule complicates the market

Tomorrow, July 1, the new loan regulations come into force with the aim of promoting the development of the youngest and avoiding the hoarding of f


Tomorrow, July 1, the new loan regulations come into force with the aim of promoting the development of the youngest and avoiding the hoarding of footballers (Atalanta has loaned 65 this season according to Transfermarkt). The new rule establishes that the transfer must be for a maximum of one year and it is prohibited that he in turn be loaned to a third club (it could have happened with Morata in January, transferred by Atleti to Juve; Barça tried to get the Italians to lend it).

There will also be caps. A club may only transfer three professionals to another club and vice versa. For example, Girona, which had three on loan from City (Nahuel Bustos, Darío Sarmiento and Pablo Moreno.), was at the top. The other restriction is in the limit number of total assignments. For this season (22-23) a maximum of eight will be allowed, for the following it will be seven and in 24-25, six. There will be two exceptions, players up to 21 years old and those trained by the club itself will be exempt. Teams like Mirandés, who have played with up to 15 on loan, or Leganés, with 9, will have to sign in another way.

The new rules of the market

  • It will be necessary to sign an agreement that defines the terms of the transfer, in particular its duration and economic conditions.
  • A minimum duration of the assignment, which will be the interval between two registration periods, and a maximum duration of one year.
  • It will be forbidden to loan out a professional player who is already on loan to a third club.
  • The number of loans between two specific clubs per season will be limited. A club may only loan three professional footballers to a given club and receive three professional footballers on loan from that same club at any time during a season.
  • The number of assignments per season for each club will be limited. To guarantee the correct application of the regulations, a transition period will be established: a maximum of eight for the 22-23 season; seven for the 23-24 season and a maximum of six from the 24-25 season. Players up to 21 years of age and those trained by the club itself will be exempt from these limitations.

In addition, the wording of the rule brings another complication, since it speaks of “club” and not team. In other words, they create doubts as to whether or not transfers by subsidiaries should be taken into account. According to FIFA sources to AS, the initial idea is that it be per team, but the subsidiaries will not be allowed to be used to double the number of loans. They point out that in this case, the club that tries to take advantage of that way would be sanctioned. And it is that Spain is one of those that could resort to this way of circumventing the rule, since in LaLiga it is allowed that the players of the subsidiary can play with the first team. FIFA will be attentive.

This new loan policy forces both teams that depend heavily on those who arrive on loan and those that are large player lenders to work carefully on their transfer strategy. Among the latter, Real Madrid and Atlético stand out, two of the players that give up the most players (26 and 24, respectively, between the first team and the subsidiary). They manage to meet the minimum thanks to the fact that most of them are still 21 years old or younger (although many pushed the limit this past season) or because they would enter the rank of academy players (having spent at least three seasons in the lower categories of said club between 15 and 21 years). In Spain, teams such as Zaragoza, Valladolid and Villarreal also stand out as great lenders of players.