A solution to the impasse created by Brexit – The Football Association is calling for an increase in the locals quota. Last week, a meeting was held between the Football Association and the Premier League representatives. So, they discussed quotas between teams and post-Brexit transfer regulations.
The United Kingdom has already left the EU. But the transition period until January 2021 continues, allowing different businesses and industries to meet the new reality relatively comfortably. Football is no exception.
Under current regulations, a Premier League team is allowed to have 17 non-homegrowns registered. The remaining quota of the first team is the so-called ‘Home-raised’ players fill up.
For example, last season, the upbringing of 8 clubs had its debut for Chelsea. Many attribute this to the transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA a year ago. But on the example of other teams, we can say that this is a new trend in English football.
Compared to last year (23% increase), this year in the PL, the number of players brought up by clubs has increased significantly. So, the locals quota reached a 52% growth rate. Arsenal (Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah) and Manchester United (Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood), along with Chelsea, are the locomotives of this process.
In the post-Pandemic Premier League, for example, 40% of the players were brought up in England (EQPs) in the starting line-up of teams. The Football Association wants to increase the quota of players brought up by clubs. From January, the British government will meet EU member states’ citizens with the same bureaucratic barriers as those seeking employment from non-member countries.
Due to insufficient playing time in the Premier League, many young Englishmen have moved to Germany, Italy, and France in recent years. The symbol and the best example of this process is Dortmund – Jadon Sancho. Following the Sancho precedent, English clubs have considered using their own resources. So, this 52% increase is a result of that.