FA to Reportedly Put Forward Brexit Proposal to Increase Homegrown EPL Players

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2018

A picture taken on October 17, 2018 shows the United Kingdom (Union Jack) flag set past the EU flag before the arrival of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission in Brussels. - British Prime Minister Theresa May is due to address a summit of European Union leaders in which Brexit negotiations are expected to be top of the agenda. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Football Association is reportedly set to put plans in place that will ensure Premier League teams have more than half of their squads made up of homegrown players after Brexit. 

According to Martyn Ziegler of The Times, a proposal will be put forward this week that would potentially reduce the amount of players from overseas to 12 in the 25-man squads English football's top-flight clubs have to name at the start of the campaign.

The current regulations allow for 17 players from overseas to be included in each squad, and it's suggested in the report that clubs would be granted a spell of transition up until the end of 2020 to get their rosters in line with new rules.

"England's top tier is under pressure to agree a deal with the FA for Brexit," continued the report. "If the clubs do not do so, they could face a nightmare 'no-deal' scenario in which all EU players would have to fulfil the same criteria that non-EU players do now in order to get a work permit."

BBC's Allie Hodgkins-Brown relayed how the story was reported by The Times:

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It's said the terms being considered would allow young English players a route into senior first-team football and preserve the Premier League's place as one of the most desirable destinations for footballers from across the globe too.

Daniel Matthews of the MailOnline reported that currently 13 of the 20 Premier League clubs would not meet the potential new criteria. 

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have the most overseas players registered with 17, while Bournemouth have the fewest with five. 

Broadcaster and journalist Carl Anka doesn't think the game is prepared for the possible implications of Brexit as things stand:

Players are currently considered to be homegrown if they've been in an academy setup in England or Wales for three years between the ages of 16 and 21. Matthews added that post-Brexit English clubs will need to wait until a foreign player is 18 before they can sign them.

Per Alex Hunt and Brian Wheeler of BBC, Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 on March 29, 2017; in doing so the United Kingdom and the European Union had two years to agree terms over Brexit, although it could be extended if all 28 EU member states agree.

As relayed by Ryan Kelly of Goal, Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said on BBC Radio 5 Live the prospect of Brexit was "completely incongruous" with the "openness" that he felt was epitomised by English football's top flight.