New UK work permit proposals for football announced

27 Mar 2015 | Posted by Carl Thomas

New proposals for regulating the number of non-EU players in English football have been announced.

The Football Association has suggested that there will be tougher rules introduced in order to limit the number of overseas players and increase the presence of home-grown talent on the pitches.

Among the proposals put forward are plans to introduce the minimum number of home-grown players in a club's first-team squad. At the moment this stands at eight but it is to be increased to 12 over the space of four years from 2016.

There will be a further requirement for at least two home-grown players to be 'club-trained' in a bid to encourage clubs to train up young people into the sport.

Furthermore, a player will be required to have been registered with his club from the age of 16 to qualify as 'home-grown'. This is a change from the current age of 18.

FA chairman Greg Dyke spoke to the BBC's sports editor Dan Roan about the suggested changes: "We have to do this by negotiation with the different leagues and with the clubs - we have to convince them that this makes sense for English football."

He added that there is no desire to stop the “outstanding talent” from coming to work and play in English football, but noted that at the moment there are “an awful lot of bog-standard players as well” coming from overseas.

At the moment the vast majority of work permit applications within the sport are approved and there have been previous calls to force the FA to be stricter on who they do and don't allow through to ensure that only the best are able to qualify.