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Top flight backs home-grown quota

By James Pearce
BBC Sports News correspondent


Scudamore reveals new quota system

Premier League clubs have agreed, in principle, to support a quota system for home-grown players.

Proposals for developing domestic talent will be discussed further by clubs next month and a new system could be introduced for the 2010/11 season.

The most likely outcome is that the Premier League will adopt the rules the Football League will use next season.

From August, Football League clubs will have to name at least four home-grown players in their match-day squad.

In this system any player who has been registered domestically for at least three years before their 21st birthday is classed as home grown, so for example Cesc Fabregas would be a 'home-grown' Arsenal player.


Fifa president Sepp Blatter wants to bring in a global '6+5' rule, which would mean each side would be required to have at least six players eligible to compete for the country in which the league is based.

However, the subject of protecting home-grown talent is a thorny issue and Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, remains adamant that Blatter's proposals do not stand up to European law.

The Premier League has also been looking at other ways to boost the supply of English players at the top level of the game.

An alternative for the Premier League could be to replicate Uefa rules where clubs in the Champions League have to submit a squad of 25 players, eight of which must have been through the youth system of a club from that country.

However, Premier League clubs are unlikely to agree to capping squad sizes at just 25 players.

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see also
Clubs consider 'home-grown' quota
10 Feb 09 |  Premier League
Clubs vote for 'home-grown' rule
18 Dec 08 |  Football
Football factory or money pit?
08 Feb 07 |  Football
Uefa approves foreign quota plan
21 Apr 05 |  Europe
MEPs ask Fifa to scrap quota plan
08 May 08 |  Europe
Fifa backs Blatter on quota plan
30 May 08 |  Europe
Ferguson supports Fifa quota plan
06 Nov 07 |  Man Utd

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