EFL clubs fear being stripped of best talent if Fooball Association imposes post-Brexit limit of 13 foreign players in squads

Clubs in the EFL fear being stripped of their best talent due to post-Brexit homegrown quota restriction proposals.

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Premier League sides are preparing themselves for changes to the current quota regulations that state at least eight players in the 25-man first-team squad must be classed as homegrown following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

As a general rule, clubs will not be allowed to sign overseas players under the age of 18 once the Brexit transition period finishes on December 31.

Clubs were permitted to sign under-18 players from other EU countries pre-Brexit despite FIFA rules prohibiting such international transfers.

However, the Daily Mail reports that even once the transition period is over, certain trade agreements could still permit the arrival of players under the age of 18 from certain European countries.

Those regulations will have a significant impact on how a number of top-flight clubs, who have used the EU countenance to find a way around the world governing body’s regulations, operate in the transfer market.

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The Mail reported last month that the Football Association wants to reduce the number of non-homegrown players in Premier League clubs’ 25-man squadd by four, from 17 to 13, in a bid to make space for more domestic talent.

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The prospect of restricting foreign transfers among English football’s elite has sparked concern towards the lower tiers of the football pyramid and at academy level.

EFL clubs and those with lower category academies fear the Premier League’s bigger sides will switch to focus on the best domestic talent outside the top flight.

The financial might of England’s top clubs could then leave the lower level teams powerless to stop their best youngsters leaving.

Discussions between the FA and the Premier League over how to implement the new quota rules following Brexit are under way but nothing has been agreed at present.

But it’s understood all parties want to make the process as smooth as possible.

The Mail also claims the changes introduced that affect first-team quotas are likely to be introduced on a staggered basis, giving clubs time to comply with new guidelines.

However, clubs’ efforts to be prepared as possible by finding out what changes could be on the way have intensified since the UK left the EU on January 31.

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A source told the Mail: “They have to be very careful they don’t just destroy what the Premier League is.

“Everybody wants to see homegrown players in the team but they also want to see the top players playing here.”


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