Fifa agrees to limit loan deals and re-introduce agent regulation

Ruben Hill
September 26, 2018

The governing body of world football did away with agent licences in 2015.

Former players Cafu and Edwin van der Sar, outgoing Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore are among the members of the Football Stakeholders Committee.

Restrictions will include loan deals, with "the number of loans per season and between each club" set to be limited.

Meeting yesterday in London, the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee gave its backing to a groundbreaking reform package of the transfer system.

The detail of the licensing, and proposals on capping agents fees and requiring players to pay agents for the work done on their behalf, not for clubs to cover these payments, will be subject to further negotiations within football.

But Fifa's proposals to cap agents' fees have been dismissed.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said it was agreed that loans should be used for the "purpose of youth development as opposed to commercial exploitation" and there should be a limit on the number of loans each club could make in a given season.

It is hoped a figure can be agreed on as part of plans to be phased in over the next two years.

The main points of the new principles, which will now be put to the FIFA Council for approval at its next meeting on October 26, would see the creation of a clearing house to oversee and govern all transfers and ensure there is no fraudulent activity. Concerns have been raised that bigger clubs systematically loan players to increase their commercial value in a future sale, rather than in an effort to develop them. "This is a significant first step towards achieving greater transparency, the effective enforcement of rules that will deliver millions in solidarity payments to clubs, and developing a consensus on how to tackle the issue of agents, loans and other key aspects of the transfer system", said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

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