Foreign Players at Premier League Clubs Set to be Limited. The number of foreign players permitted in Premier League squads could be cut from 17 to 12 if a proposal from the FA on how to navigate Brexit is approved.
The Premier League is the top level of the English football league system. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League. The Premier League is a corporation in which the member clubs act as shareholders.
The plans, which will be presented to the 20 Premier League chairmen on Thursday, would oblige top tier clubs to ensure at least half of their 25-man squad is ‘homegrown’.
Informal discussions on how to deal with Brexit when Premier League clubs are so reliant on freedom of movement for European talent have been ongoing for months.
The FA and the Premier League are understood to be keen to come to an agreement quickly to avoid a situation where all EU players have to fulfil the same criteria as non-EU players do now in order to get a work permit.
Clubs are currently allowed up to 17 overseas players in their squads but the FA’s proposal would reduce that number by five, to 12.
It would significantly alter the composition of many clubs, including title holders Manchester City which have the maximum number of foreign players. A further four clubs have 16 non-homegrown players among their number.
The FA has always insisted it would make the most of the opportunity presented by Brexit to increase the number of British youngsters given a chance at top clubs.