The FA wins post-Brexit war with the Premier League on overseas talent with new ’15-point’ system to be introduced before January transfer window… but an ‘exceptions panel’ will rule on youngsters who just fail to meet the criteria
- The Premier League have struck a deal with the FA on post-Brexit transfer plans
- In Governing Body Entry system, players will need 15 points to come to the UK
- The Premier League wanted that number at nine, while the FA pleaded for 18
The FA appear to have scored an initial victory over the Premier League in their bitter war about signing players from abroad post-Brexit.
An agreement in principle has been reached on access to overseas talent for the January transfer window and is awaiting Home Office sign-off.
Sportsmail has seen the criteria, and while the two organisations declined to comment, sources close to the matter called it a win for the FA — although concessions have been made by both sides and there will be a review in February.
The FA and the Premier League (above) have agreed a post-Brexit deal on signing players
Under a new football-specific Governing Body Entry system — which will give new signings a points-score based on their national team, the quality of the selling club and the league they are in — players will need 15 points to come to the UK.
When talks began, the Premier League had wanted that to be nine points while the FA, keen to increase the number of homegrown players, pushed for 18.
Another sticking point in the two-year battle was access to Under-21 players. The top flight had wanted a global free market from 18, believing restrictions would stop them from competing with top European clubs who have free access to EU talent.
But, in what insiders view as another victory for the FA, youngsters will also be subject to the 15-point rule.
Players will need 15 points to come to the Premier League in the Governing Body Entry system
There will, however, be an ‘exceptions panel’ to make calls on those who score between 12 and 14 points.
An additional three points will be given to youngsters who have spent a year in ‘top academies’, which appears to be an act of appeasement towards the Premier League.
A list of 66 clubs who meet that standard has been sent to top-flight sides. It includes big clubs from across Europe as well as other, less illustrious names such as Uruguay’s Club Nacional, Mexico’s CF America and Chile’s Colo Colo.
In England, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton, Tottenham and Liverpool qualify.
The FA wanted that number set at 18 points while the top-flight bargained for nine
At senior level, an ‘autopass’ system means those with regular appearances for clubs ranked by FIFA in the top 50 will qualify automatically.
The maximum number of foreign players in a squad will remain at 17. To ease FA fears that…
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