Football league adopts ‘home-grown’ rule

By Graeme Macleod

The Football League in England has voted to introduce a ‘home-grown players’ rule from the start of next season.

At an extraordinary general meeting in Derby, the majority of league clubs voted in favour of the rule’s introduction.

The new legislation will mean that a minimum of four players in a club’s 16-man matchday squad must have been playing domestic football in England for at least three years before they turn 21-years-old. These players can be of any nationality.

The new scheme is likely to come into force at the start of the 2009-10 season. It is in line with UEFA recommendations, but not FIFA’s proposed ‘six plus five’ rule.

Football League chairman Lord Malwhinney told Sky Sports: “League clubs are at the forefront of developing young playing talent for the domestic game.”

“As a result of today’s vote, those players being developed will have a greater chance to demonstrate their talent at first-team level.”