English FA to cut foreign players in Premier League

15 November, 2018, 13:27 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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If the clubs agree to the change, the FA would then agree to sign a government body endorsement for a work permit for every foreign player who gets a job with a Premier League club, something that the FA now primarily reserves for elite players.

There's no doubt that the influx of foreign players in the Premier League has improved the standard of the league.

Dinnage, who was reportedly close to landing the role as Channel 4's chief executive in 2017, previously impressed Premier League executives during negotiations between Discovery and Sky.

The Premier League clubs can have up to 17 overseas players in their squads under existing rules, but The Times of London has learnt that the FA's plan would reduce that number by five. 13 clubs in the English top division have more than 12 overseas players in their first team squads this season.

There are increasing concerns about how clubs continue player recruitment once Brexit is brought in with European players no longer meeting work permit requirements.

The proposal is created to prevent all current European Union players having to go through the same process that non-EU players have to go through at the moment to get a work permit.


The top-ranked EEA nation now outside the top 30 is now the Republic of Ireland, in 33rd, whose players are unlikely to be affected by changes post-Brexit.

It is reported that both the government and the English Football League are aware of the plans, with the former being happy to sanction it if signed off.

"We don't want to stop the outstanding talent coming here, but there are an very bad lot of bog-standard players as well", FA chairman Greg Dyke told the BBC back in 2015, when speaking about efforts to improve the number of English players in the country's top league.

Premier League squads can now contain 17 overseas players, but the changes would see that number cut to 12 - meaning half will have to be made up of "homegrown" players.

The Premier League and the FA have been poles apart on Brexit for months, with the league insisting that it wanted all overseas players to be given work permits regardless of the criteria that exist now.

But Chelsea (16), Liverpool (16), Arsenal (15), and Manchester United (14) all fall foul of the new proposal. For example, a player from Brazil or another non-EU country ranked in the world's top ten only has to have played in 30 per cent of games.

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