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Premier League Loan rules explained

Premier League Loan Rules Explained [With Illustrations]

Last Updated on June 11, 2022

Just like in every other league, the Premier League loan rules are in place to regulate how player loans can are handled.

In this piece, we’ll delve into the in-depth overview of the Premier League loan rules and general questions about loans that may bother any football fan.

Let’s get to it.

However, to start with…

What Does Loan Mean in Football?

Loan is a temporary or short-term transfer of a player from one club to another. It does not transfer ownership of a player during like the case of an outright purchase.

A player loaned out is still legally contracted to his original owner – parent club. However, his salary may be covered (wholly or partly) by the club he’s been loaned out to.

Also, a fee may or may not be agreed upon by both clubs for a loan transaction to take place.

Now that you understand the basic meaning loan in football, it’s now time to find out the new Premier League loan rules.

New Premier League Loan Rules

In early 2022, the Premier League issued out new loan rules to guide all Premier League clubs.

Find below the official new 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.”

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

Ideally, there are two windows for player registration during a Premier League season – September and February.

Of course, clubs would want to register players signed on loan so they can play.

What this Premier League loan rule means is that during any window, if you must register players signed on loan, you cannot register more than 2 players.

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2. 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

To understand this Premier League loan rule better, we need to split the rule into 2.

Let’s take the first part to be…

The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four

This Premier League loan rule is pretty straightforward. It simply means that a Premier League club cannot register more than 4 players in a season.

So, for example, if a club registers 3 players on loan in the first window (September), they can only register 1 more player in the second registration window (February).

Hoping the first part of the rule is clear, let’s proceed to the other part.

Under no circumstances shall more than one be from the same club at any one time.

To explain this part of the rule, let’s illustrate.

Let’s assume Chelsea signs two players (Player A & B) on loan from Liverpool in January.

The rule simply means that Chelsea would not be able to register Players A & B in the February because both players are from the same club – Liverpool.

However, they can register just 1 of the players – either player A or B (not both).

Also, it is important to note that from the example above, Chelsea may be able to register a player on loan from Liverpool in September and later in January.

However, they cannot register both players from the same club (Liverpool) in one registration window.

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

This Premier League loan rule is a bit straightforward too. However, let’s still illustrate it for a better understanding.

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Assume Arsenal signs Player X in August from anywhere. This Premier League loan rule means that Arsenal cannot loan out Player X to a Premier League club in the same window, (say before September 1st).

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

This is one of the Premier League loan rules for Goalkeepers specifically. Let’s also illustrate for a better understanding.

Assume Tottenham loans already loaned out one of their goalkeepers to Southampton. Tottenham cannot loan out another one of their goalkeepers to another Premier League club either in the first or second window.

However, Tottenham may be able to loan out another goalkeeper to a foreign club if they so wish it.

Best Loan Signings in Premier League History

Below here is a list of 10 of the best Premier League loan signings in history.

SNPlayer NameLoan SeasonParent ClubLoan ClubPerformance
1Ivan Campo2002/03Real MadridBolton Wnaderers31 Appearances
2Mikel Arteta2004/05Real SociedadEverton35 Goals
35 Assists
209 Appearances
3Carlos Tevez2007/08West HamManchester United34 Goals
14 Assists
99 Appearnces
4Daniel Sturridge2010/11ChelseaBolton Wnaderers8 Goals
12 Appearances
5Jurgen Klinsmann1996/97SampdoriaTottenham9 Goals
15 Appearances
6Christophe Dugarry1998/99BordeauxBirmigham City5 Goals
15 Appearances
7Romelu Lukaku2012/13ChelseaWest Brom15 Goals
31 Appearances
8Loic Remy2013/14QPRNewcastle14 Goals
26 Appearances
9Raul Giminez2018/19BenficaWolves13 Goals
38 Appearances
10Jesse Lingard2020/21Manchester UnitedWest Ham9 Goals
5 Assists
16 Appearances

Jesse Lingard is the most recent top-class loan signing in the Premier League history. Watch some of his best performances while on loan at West Ham.

Premier League Loan FAQs

How do Premier League loans work?

Unlike outright purchase of a player, a player may move to another Premier League club temporarily (on loan) while still contracted to the Parent club.

Can Premier League loan players play against the parent club?

In the Premier League, a player on loan CANNOT play against his parent club. However, he can play against the parent club in domestic or international cup matches.

How many players can a club loan out?

The new FIFA regulation concerning loans is that a club can only loan out 8 players in a season. This rule also applies to all Premier League clubs.

Are loaned players allowed to play?

Loaned players can play if they are can be registered and are registered in the Premier League. Refer to the new Premier League loan rule 2 above.

Can you loan 2 players from the same club?

Well, in the Premier League, you cannot register two players loaned from the same club in one registration window. The new Premier League rule 2 above applies.

Conclusion

The new Premier League loan rules as highlighted here are already in effect since the 2021/22 season.

However, if for any reason you’d like to have a complete detail about all rules bordering Premier League loans, you may download the Premier League handbook (23 MB, PDF file) and read for yourself.

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