FIFA have officially approved new regulations on player loans ahead of the 2022-23 season.

This according to Italian news outlet FCInterNews, who report that football’s worldwide governing body has introduced the new rules for loaning players in and out which will come into effect July 1.

The aim of the new rules is to promote positive development of young players and competitive balance, and to discourage player hoarding by clubs.

The new regulations include special rules about the details and durations which must be specified in loan contracts, and also include new rules discouraging loan relationships between two clubs.

Under the new rules, one club cannot have more than three players in on loan from a single other club, and conversely, one club cannot loan more than three players out to a single other club.

For next season, clubs will be allowed to loan in or out eight players at a time, but this will only be a transitional period as in the 2023-24 season this will be reduced to seven players, and in 2024-25, to six players.