Once Britain’s departure from the European Union has been finalised, overseas players hoping to move to the Premier League will be subject to a points based criteria to determine the eligibility of the proposed transfer.
At present, only players from outside the single European market have to meet specific football immigration requirements. These include factors such as the number of international appearances they have made, the FIFA ranking of their country, the transfer fee proposed for them, and their projected salary.
However, clubs will no longer have exemption when signing players from Europe, and will have to comply with the new regulations.
The news was disclosed by the Football Association in its annual report published earlier this week, which also revealed that the Premier League has rejected a proposal to introduce a quota for overseas players, which would have seen just 13 non-homegrown players allowed in a squad.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.