The FA and the Premier League have begun talks over the transfer policy for English football post Brexit.
The UK has officially left the EU, but they are in the middle of a transition period which allows for some latitude in terms of the interpretation of rules and regulations; that ends in January 2021.
The FA is keen to see the number of foreign imports reduced and more home-grown players used by clubs. The current limit for non-homegrown players in a Premier League squad is 17, but this will almost certainly be lower in future.
Already there has been a trend for clubs to use more homegrown – generally defined as British or developed within the academy system of clubs – players. For the season just concluded, homegrown players had 52% more minutes on the pitch than in the previous campaign.
Changes to the law are likely to mean that players from the European Union will be subject to the same stricter rules on qualification and eligibility currently in place for non-EU nationals.
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.