3 EFL Decisions

June 11, 2016

At their 2016 AGM held in Portugal, the 72 EFL clubs have approved a number of proposals.


Several of the proposals will be well publicised but here are three that may not be widely covered.

Loan Players

Following FIFA’s withdrawal of consent for the EFL’s ‘emergency loan’ system, clubs have agreed to a number of measures aimed at easing the transition to the revised arrangements, including:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 matchday squad.

Supporter Engagement

From 2016/17 clubs will be required to hold at least two meetings/fans forums with a representative group of the club’s supporters, putting into practice commitments made by the EFL as part of the Government’s Expert Working Group on Supporter Ownership and Engagement which made a series of recommendations earlier in 2016.

Clubs Defaulting on Transfer Payments

EFL regulations relating to transfer payments were amended to permit the application of a transfer embargo to a club that defaults on sums owed to clubs outside the EFL or Premier League.

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