English FA announces plans to restrict non-EU players….

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English FA chairman Greg Dyke has warned Premier League football is in danger of “having nothing to do with English people” as new proposals to limit the number of non-EU players are outlined by English football’s governing body, BBC reports.

The FA has also revealed plans to toughen the rules on home-grown talent in the latest proposals from its commission, which was set up in 2013 to improve the England team. The commission has also proposed changes to work permit rules having highlighted flaws in the system. The stricter work-permit rules, approved by the Home Office on Friday, will come into force from 1 May.

Under the proposals outlined by the FA on Monday: 

  • A player will have to have been registered with his club from the age of 15 – a drop from the current age of 18 – to qualify as ‘home-grown’.
  • The minimum number of home-grown players in a club’s first-team squad of 25 will increase from eight to 12, phased over four years from 2016.
  • At least two home-grown players must also be ‘club-trained’ players – defined as any player, irrespective of nationality, that has been registered for three years at their current club from the age of 15.
  • Only the best non-EU foreign players will be granted permission to play in England, with the process for dealing with work-permit appeals to be tightened.

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