FIFA have confirmed that new steps have been taken to reform the transfer system in football.
At a meeting in Zurich held with the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee – which includes representatives from clubs, leagues, players and member associations – the decision was taken to introduce a new system for training rewards and limits on loan players.
The training rewards system will be financed by an additional 1 per cent levy on transfer fees, and will “encourage and reward the training efforts of clubs”.
A consultation process will now begin so that stakeholders can agree on the costs to clubs of training players, and parameters can be set before the proposal is submitted to the FIFA council, with a view to being introduced in 2022.
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The committee have also endorsed new regulations on loan deals. From July 2020, there will be limits on international loans of players aged 22 and older, with eight international loans in and out permitted for the 2020/21 season – which will reduced to six loans in and out by the 2022/23 season, with a maximum of three loans in and three out between the same clubs.
In domestic leagues, member associations will have three years to implement a new system based on FIFA’s principles at international level.
This will in effect mean that clubs can no longer use the loan market to keep a large number of players on their books. By 2024, clubs will be permitted to send just six players 22 and over on loan within their own country, and a further six internationally.
Chelsea, for example, currently have 12 players out on loan over the age of 22 – nine of which are outside of England, which would be one over the limit set for next season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have just four players aged 22 years and older on loan, and would currently be complying with FIFA’s new…