22 Nov 2018

Football: Brexit bid to reduce 'non-homegrown' players in EPL

10:11 am on 22 November 2018

England's Premier League is opposing efforts by the Football Association to limit the number of "non-homegrown" players in each squad to 13 after Britain's departure from the European Union.

And a plan to reduce the number of overseas players in each side would not have any positive effect on the England national team, the EPL claims.

Currently, players from outside the EU must gain work permits and pass a series of qualification tests to get a "governing body endorsement" and work permit.

Premier League clubs must have eight "homegrown" players in their squad of 25. These do not have to be British but must have been part of the club for three years before turning 21.

The English FA, which has been asked by the UK government to come up with a proposal, wants to impose a limit of 13 non-homegrown players in the 25-man EPL squads after "Brexit".

Canterbury's Sean Liddicoat.
Auckland City FC v Canterbury United Dragons. ISPS Handa Premiership 2018. Kiwitea St, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 18 November 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

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It wants the government to drop work-permit restrictions on non-EU citizens, creating a level playing field regardless of nationality.

"The proposal would allow the same current access to European players and reduce governing body endorsement requirements for non-European players to the same levels," the FA said.

The FA believes increasing access, but preventing an increase in current numbers of overseas players, "would benefit all of English football".

But the Premier League disagrees.

It says that it, the Football League - which represents the 72 clubs in the lower tiers of the English professional game - and the Scottish Professional Football League all feel "that Brexit should not be used to weaken playing squads in British football, nor to harm clubs' ability to sign international players".

"There is no evidence that stronger quotas than exist now would have a positive impact on national teams," it said in a statement.