Premier League clubs set to be hit by new rules on loan transfers in huge blow to Chelsea
28th January 2022

PREMIER LEAGUE clubs are to be hit with new rules restricting the number of loan players they can farm out.

Fifa are proposing that clubs will be able to loan out a maximum of eight players over the age of 21 from next season.


This will apply to all clubs around the world.

For the 2023-24 season that number will reduce to seven players and from 2024, clubs will only be able to loan six players.

Yet the rules also state that players aged 21 and younger and club-trained players will be exempt from these limitations.

Chelsea currently have 19 players of all ages on loan at other clubs.

The aim, which will be ratified by Fifa's council in March, is to stop clubs – like Chelsea – from hoarding players.

There will also be a limit on the number of loans per season between the same clubs.

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At any given time during a season, a club may only have a maximum of three professionals loaned out to a single club and a maximum of three professionals loaned in from a single club.

Current Premier League loan rules

"Premier League clubs may not register more than two players on loan at any one time.

"The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club at any one time.

"Premier League clubs cannot loan to another Premier League club a player they have acquired in the same transfer window.

"A Premier League club may loan not more than one of its goalkeepers to another Premier League club."

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