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How many loans are allowed for Premier League clubs?

1 Oct 2020
Martin Odegaard, Arsenal v1

Find out how Premier League clubs are limited in the number of players they can bring in on loan from English clubs

Loans between Premier League clubs and other English counterparts are officially called temporary transfers.

Under the rules in the Premier League Handbook 2020/21 (Download PDF, size: 26.3MB), there are restrictions on how many players Premier League clubs can loan from other Premier League/English clubs.

They are:
- 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.

With the exception of Welsh clubs competing in the competitions listed under Rule V.6.2, loans from a club in membership of another National Association do not count towards the above quotas.

Also in this series

Part 1: What is the deal sheet in transfers?
Part 2: How do clubs begin the process of completing a player transfer?
Part 3: What is the Premier League's role in transfers?
Part 4: What is FIFA's Transfer Matching System?
Part 5: How does the work-permit process work for transfers?
Part 6: Rules governing the third-party ownership of players
Part 7: Is a fax machine used for transfers?

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