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Homegrown Players Rule Adopted by English Fooball League
    2008-12-18 22:24:49     Xinhua
English Football League chairmen have voted to bring in a new rule where four out of the 16 players for matchday squads will have to be "home grown".

The regulation was brought in at a special extraordinary general meeting of the 72 clubs at Derby on Thursday morning and will come into effect from the beginning of next season, the PA said.

The rule means at least four of the 16 players in match squads will have had to have been registered domestically for a minimum of three seasons before their 21st birthday. They can however be of any nationality.

The new rule is in line with the approach favoured by UEFA rather than the "six-plus-five" approach being proposed by FIFA.

 
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