Leeds United transfer policy must change after post-Brexit rule changes


New post-Brexit transfer rules that will affect Premier League and EFL clubs have been confirmed.

One of the major changes will mean clubs – including Leeds United – will no longer be able to sign overseas players under the age of 18 once the United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union at the end of this year.

Clubs will also be restricted to three overseas signings under the age of 21 from January, and only six foreign players per season.

Leeds United added 17-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Dani van den Heuvel to their under-23 squad in the summer, a transfer which will no longer be permissible once the UK officially leaves the EU.

Doubt has been cast over whether Leeds would be able to repeat Pascal Struijk’s 2018 move from Ajax or Crysencio Summerville’s recent move from Feyenoord. The pair were both 18 years old when their transfers were finalised, meaning the moves would theoretically be allowed, however clubs may now prioritise making their overseas signings first-team additions due to new quotas in place.

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The Football Association, Premier League, EFL have agreed a framework with the Home Office for EU players to move to English football on a points basis decided by a Governing Body Endorsement panel.

The changes will be implemented in the January 2021 transfer window and reviewed ahead of the summer 2021 transfer window.

The FA said in a statement: “The FA, the Premier League and EFL have come together to agree a plan for entry requirements for overseas players post Brexit.

“Football’s Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) proposal was submitted to the Government last month by the FA, as the governing body for football, and has now been approved by The Home Office.

“The criteria will provide the framework for Premier League and EFL clubs to sign overseas players when the UK leaves the European Union (EU) after 31 December 2020.

“Post Brexit, clubs will not be able to sign players freely from the EU. Players from EU countries who want to play in the Premier League or EFL will be required to gain a GBE, like all other overseas players without the right to work in the UK.”

The GBE will operate a points-based system, where points are scored for senior and talented young players based on:

✓ Senior and youth international appearances

✓ Quality of the selling club, based on the league they are in, league position and progression in continental competition

✓ Club appearances, based on domestic league and continental competition minutes

The FA statement continues: “Players accumulating the requisite amount of points will earn a GBE automatically, while players just below the threshold may be considered for a GBE by an Exceptions Panel.

“The system meets the joint objectives of the Premier League, EFL and the FA allowing access to the best players and…



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