Changes to the Football League Loan System

Starting from this season, the loan system between clubs in the English Premier and within the English Football League (EFL) has changed.jordan_moore_taylor_goal

All loan deals need to be conducted during the two transfer windows, Summer (July/August) and Winter (January). All loans will be of half-season duration or for a full season. Once loaned out a player and the transfer window is closed they will not be allowed to be loaned to a second club, or return to the player’s parent club’s team.

At the EFL AGM in June, a number of changes were made to help with the transition:-

  • A player registered on a standard loan may continue to play non-first team football for his parent club during the term of his loan period.
  • Clubs will be permitted to sign a goalkeeper on a seven day ‘emergency loan’ basis if they do not have a senior goalkeeper that has made 5 starting appearances in first team football.
  • Clubs will be able to recall a goalkeeper at 24 hours’ notice from a loan period at another club if they are unable to field two fit goalkeepers in their 18 man match day squad.

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