25 Man Squads And “Home Grown” Players Explained


Next season Premier League clubs will have to name eight home-grown players in their 25-man squads.

Home grown players are not exactly what they seem to be – so here is the definition from the English Premier League:

A home-grown player will be defined as one who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with a club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21).?

Clubs will also be able to supplement their 25 man squads with unlimited additional players under the age of 21 on 1st January in the year in which the season commences, and changes to the squad list of 25 may be made during the period of a transfer window.?

So it could be that some of the youngsters at Newcastle could be in that supplemental list, and don’t necessarily have to be in the 25 man list.

Chief Executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore said:

“As of next season clubs will be required to have a squad named of up to 25 players, of which no more than 17 can be over the age of 21 and not home grown.”

“The definition of home grown is trained for three years under the age of 21 by somebody in the English and Welsh professional system.”

“Clubs will have to declare their 25 at the end of August when the window shuts and then again at the end of January.”

Scudamore believes the England National team will reap the benefits of the new ruling, and thinks it is unlikely that PL clubs will hoard young overseas players:

“It’s not in the club’s interests to stockpile players. It will make buying home-grown talent more attractive,”

“We’re not going down the route of a nationality test but what this will mean is that you just can’t buy a team from abroad.”

“We think it will give clubs an extra incentive to invest in youth. We think that one of the benefits will be that it will help the England team.”

Something has to be done so that young English players have a chance to play in the Premiership in England, and are not always eclipsed by stars coming in from outside the country.

Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe thinks the new rules will have a positive effect on the long-term health of English football.

Sutcliffe said:

“I welcome the Premier League’s introduction of a home-grown player quota for squads and its implementation of strengthened financial reporting rules.”

“These moves will encourage clubs to develop and bring through young talent and help ensure clubs are financially stable.”

So there you have it – we look forward to Chris Hughton announcing his 25 man Newcastle squad before the end of August, and we have to hope there are at least four new and good players in there, from what we have at the moment.

Than we could well be on our way.

Howay The Lads!!



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10 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Jun 11, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Thought this had been scrapped yesterday because it is against European law!

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  • MacToon

    Jun 11, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Maybe it was the plan to have 6 “home” players in a team that was scrapped! My mistake.

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  • chuck

    Jun 11, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #3

    It`s a lot of bureaucratic nonsense, that`s what bureaucrats do create nonsensical bullshit by the ton, otherwise they would become redundant.
    Dump EUAFA & FIFA , two of the worst run w/wide organizations.

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  • StuW

    Jun 11, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #4

    About time this was ought in. We are wondering why our national team is falling behind Brazil, Germany, and Spain. Look at clubs in their league. Brazil is nearly all Brazilian players, with very few foreigners. Spain has heaps of talent coming through every season(Canales & Munain for example), and the Bundesliga, FC Bayern has between 6 and 9 Germans in their first XI. Then, Arsenal, who have 1 British player that plays regular first team football.

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  • Thump

    Jun 11, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ll always remember asking a Frenchman who is favourite French team is. His reply was “Arsenal”.

    Good times.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jun 11, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #6

    quite gutting really to see Nacho Gonzalez playing well for Uruguay :/

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  • coxonfamily

    Jun 11, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought nacho was crap tonight lol

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  • countrylad14

    Jun 11, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #8

    what game were you watching turkish magpie?? he was awful!

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  • Xenarious

    Jun 11, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think that this will necessarily increase the chances of clubs investing in English players and it benifiting the national team. None of this is based on nationality, so it isn’t an issue. A lot of the clubs in the Premiership can carry on what they are doing , buying young 15/16 year old foreigners and train them for 3 seasons and they are then classified as homegrown. For example, Arsenal will already not have to worry about their foreign youngsters they have.

    What should be changed is the transfering of players under the age of 18 outside of the UK, which is what Platini is trying to get implemented. Then we would see more English players being focused on and benefiting the national team.

    Also the Football League has a better system than the new Premiership one, since they now require 10 homegrown players to be in their squads of 25. More importantly, atleast 3 have to be in the MATCH DAY squad. With the new Premier League rule they should atleast make it so maybe 1 or 2 have to be in the match day squad like the Football League.

    The Champions League rule is more stern too. At least four players must be produced from a club’s own Academy with the other places made up of players who have come through the youth system of other ENGLISH clubs.
    @MacToon

    No, that was Blatter saying that he will no longer pursue HIS “6+5” idea, which is based on domestic nationality, not this “homegrown” rule the Premiuership have, which doesn’t matter about nationality. Blatter wanted it so a certain amount had to be English.

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  • Bao Zheng

    Jun 13, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #10

    To state the obvious the only thing that will improve the national team is better players. European countries have a production line system for coaching youngsters from 4 years on that is based on playing well and developing skill and team work. Now compare to England where rage fueled parents with zero training and even less intelligence scream RUN TACKLE RUN TACKLE. That’s the problem and this won’t fix it. It’s just a lot easier to change the rules than improve coaching.

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