New Foreign Player and Home-Grown Rules

Published March 31, 2015

Published In: Domestic, Football News


The FA chairman Greg Dyke has announced plans which would introduce new rules to help home-grown players get more opportunities, to play in the top flight of English football.

This would be achieved by restricting the amount of foreign players teams are allowed in their squad. This change tightens the rules which were commissioned regarding home-grown players back in 2013; originally introduced to improve the England team.

The FA chairman has even warned that Premier League football is in danger of having “nothing to do with English people” if it carries on the way it is.

So what exactly qualifies for a “home-grown” player?

According to the FA, a player can qualify as home grown if, irrespective of nationality, he has been registered with any club affiliated to the FA or FAW (Football Association of Wales) for three years prior to their 18th birthday. For example if a player had been playing for a Premier league side from the age of 15 to 18, then he would qualify as home grown. This is younger than the current rule which is 21 years old.

As well the new rules affecting foreign players trying to get into the Premier League, certain teams are also going to be hit hard by the new rules if they get approved.

For teams to comply with the new rules proposed, they must ensure they obey to the following:

  • The minimum number of home-grown players in a club’s first-team squad of 25 will increase from 8 to 12
  • At least 2 home-grown players must also be classed as ‘club-trained’ players
    • Club trained is defined as any player, irrespective of nationality, that has been registered for three years at their current club prior to their 18th birthday
  • Only the best non-EU foreign players will be granted permission to play in England

Hopefully these new rules will help the England squad and young English footballers in general who are currently struggling due to the amount of foreign players being brought in English teams.

As with any rule change, there are going to be some teams more welcoming than others.

The image below shows currently how many home-grown players (based on the current rules) each Premier League team has in their registered 25 man squad.

There currently appears to be a pattern showing that the less home-grown players you have in your squad, the higher up in the league you are. Based on this it seems to be the top teams in the league that will be hit hardest by these new rules if they come into play. Teams such as Chelsea, Spurs, Man City, and Arsenal will all need to bring a lot more home-grown players into their squad.

Let’s take a look at some of these teams and see what changes they would have to make if the new rules get commissioned:


Currently Chelsea have 15 players in their squad that are not classed as home grown. Under the new rules, Fabregas would not be classed as home-grown anymore, reducing their registered squad to 16.

If the rules were put in place today, Chelsea would have to get rid of at least three of their big foreign stars and replace them with academy players.


Tottenham currently have the maximum number of 17 non-home grown players in their squad. Under the new proposed rules, at least 4 of those 17 would have to be taken out of the squad to meet the new rule criteria.

Manchester City

City also have the maximum number of non-home grown players currently in their squad, 17.

To make things even worse for them, under the new rules, Gael Clichy and Dedryck Boyata would no longer be classed as home-grown, as neither played for English clubs for 3 years before their 18th birthday.

So Manchester City would need to get rid of a whopping 6 players in their current squad.


Arsenal currently only have 1 player over the new limit of non-home grown players, with 14 in their current team.

The new rules would mean that Wojciech Szczęsny, Francis Coquelin and Damian Martinez are no longer classed as home-grown and Wenger would need to get rid of 4 players from his squad to comply with the new rules.


Posted By: karl
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