Written by Gabriel Cockstrone
FIFA announced, Thursday (20), an important change in the transfer market negotiations, starting next season. maximum entity for football He will change the rules for loaning players, in order to prevent clubs with large buying power from accumulating athletes without even intending to use them in their teams, as is the case with Chelsea, for example. The plan was due to be put into action in July 2020, but ended up delaying it to July 1, 2022 due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Attorney Joao Paulo de Carlo, sports law specialist and columnist at Law in the fieldAnd Talk about it Last year he stressed that FIFA had been monitoring the situation for some time. According to him, the practice of these rich clubs was causing problems for the development of young players.
“FIFA has already noticed the excessive use of loans for a long time. In this sense, many wealthy teams, especially those from big club conglomerates, have hired many players, especially youngsters with resale potential, who were often not even used, It is loaned to several teams. In this way, they create a reserve for the market, without having a sporting purpose, to the detriment of the development of young athletes,” he says.
Luis Marcondes, a lawyer who specializes in sports law, points out that the new regulations will protect young athletes.
“This change, like the others, was already foreseen by FIFA and aimed at fixing the anomaly that was happening in the transfer market., and they continued to lend these players to smaller teams seeking their maturity. FIFA understood this as an insufficient move, which was relevant Financial and non-sporting nature, which is why I decided to organize this case,” explains Louise Marcondes, a lawyer specializing in sports law.
Joao Paulo de Carlo has highlighted the importance of the set of rules for the market and believes that it can change the form of negotiation between clubs from the moment it comes into force.
“The new rules imposed by FIFA come precisely to help develop and train young people, override the economic interests of club owners and enhance the integrity of the sport. In addition, they will have consequences for the market, as they will directly affect the way clubs do business, and the ability to Create a more balanced and responsible environment,” he assesses.
According to FIFA, the new rules are aimed at developing young players, promoting competitive balance and avoiding the accumulation of players in one club. Chelsea is one such case, with 22 players being loaned out. Already your opponent Manchester United Coming in second place, 15 athletes have been named, including Andreas Pereira, who is currently at Flamengo.
The main changes that will come into effect are:
– Loans will be limited to contracts of up to one year;
– No club may have more than three players on loan from/to the same club;
Sub-loaning is prohibited (the club cannot borrow a player and transfer it to another player).
In addition, there will be a gradual limitation on the total number of players loaned to/from the same club:
– July 1, 2022 to July 30, 2023: eight players;
From July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024: seven players;
– As of July 1, 2024: Fixed at six players.
For example, Manchester City can only have eight players on loan (after the above cuts over the seasons), considering that three of them cannot be from one club.
It is important to note that players under the age of 21 or coached athletes in the club’s youth categories are exceptions to these restrictions.
Finally, FIFA confirms that the national football associations (the member associations) will have three years to implement these rules in their home markets.
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