FIFA are considering big changes to football, which will potentially have a big effect on Europe’s largest clubs, report sportBILD today.
A Fifa Task Force has been specifically set up to create a system which means clubs can loan out a maximum of eight players per season, which is obviously going to have massive ramifications on the way teams do business.
Parma, for example, have 379 players on their books – the vast majority of whom are youngsters that they’ll loan out in the hope their value will rise and the club can make a small profit.
In England, Chelsea are infamous for doing the same. This term they have 17 out on loan, but in past years that number has been double.
This season, Liverpool have seven players on-loan, so we’re actually obeying the prospective new rules already. We would however not be able to do much lending in January, a window where unused youngsters are traditionally sent away for experience.
If this goes through, clubs will have to dramatically thin their squads, which is good, as it means young footballers will get more opportunities at lower levels and the rich won’t have full control over elite teenagers, as they do now.