New Premier League squad rules explained

Posted by - August 17, 2010 - All News, England, Oddballs, Premier League

What’s all this home-grown nonsense about?

With top-flight managers juggling players around in their heads, and Arsene Wenger complaining about the ‘disastrous’ decision, Premier League clubs now have to name a 25-man squad at the end of each transfer window, with a minimum of eight home-grown players in this squad.

These ‘home-grown’ players do not have to be English. Home-grown players are considered as players who “irrespective of nationality or age, have been affiliated to the FA or Welsh FA for a period of three seasons or 36 months prior to their 21st birthday”. This simply means that if a player was signed for a club anytime before his 18th birthday, he would be considered home-grown after his 21st birthday.

Premier League teams are also allowed an unlimited number of under 21 players. These players can be rotated throughout the team, which will help managers who have injury concerns, and hopefully in turn give young players opportunities to showcase their talents.

Changes to the 25-man roster can only be made during transfer windows, and as soon as the squad is registered no changes can be made. However, the FA has indicated that in certain situations, ones in which teams are left completely stranded, there may be room for negotiation.

The new rule also states that players in the 25-man squad who are loaned out to Football League clubs, cannot be replaced by another player. They can however, regain their spot on their original parent club on their return.

Lastly, this rule only applies to Premier League clubs, and only applies in the Premier League itself. So for teams lucky enough to play in European competitions, they can choose from a full squad.

The general idea behind this new rule is to strengthen the English youth system by hopefully creating chances for young English talent to break into first teams all over the league, whether it be at Manchester United or Blackpool.

Personally, I think this is a step forward for English football, not a major step, but a little forward progress nonetheless.

  • Neil

    Best of the “trial” posters so far!

    It’s clear and to the point. It’s explaining something that has been in the public eye for the past few weeks. You aren’t rambling on for ever, throwing in your opinions and trying to present them as fact. Unlike the previous post about Jack Wilshire, you use full stops more than once every 50 words. I didn’t need to read any paragraphs twice to understand what you are on about.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Jimbo

    Neil, that would most likely be because the two articles have different authors. But I agree this is quite a good article. The Jack Wilshire article was awful.

  • Neil

    Oh I know, this guy has been far better than the others who posted to the site. The Jack Wilshire one was constructed terribly.

    Did you see the ones written by a guy calle Matthew Foley last week about Man City and Steve Coppell? They were the biggest load of crap I have ever read.

  • Jimbo

    Yeah I only noticed that you said that after I posted. I read those two articles by Matthew Foley. Tripe would be the best way to describe them. I really hope OTP sorts itself out soon. I’ve been reading this blog for over a year and the quality has really dis-improved recently.

  • Neil

    Ya loads of people are being trialed as new posters and I think it’s ruining the blog. It used to be all about the funny side and the interesting side stories that come up every now and then which don’t get reported in the news.

    The new posters don’t realise this, and seem to be just posting their opinions about football, most of which seem to be complete nonsense.

  • Rob Parker

    Point taken, fellas. We’ll get a bit stricter with whether a trial deserves to be trialled. And if you’ll put up with us for another week or so, hopefully we’ll be in a position to appoint someone and OTP will be better for it. In the meantime, honest opinions – as you have been giving – are appreciated.

  • Jimbo

    Glad to hear it Rob. I do enjoy the blog and wouldn’t like to see the quality drop. You’ve always done a great job.

  • Sean

    I agree with Neil, I do like the posts with the funny side and interesting side stories, but I also enjoy the fact that a blog is for the poster to put their thoughts and views on a topic out to the world and to give everyone a chance to comment and discuss them. I think OTP should have a good mixture of these types of post.

    I also think the trials aren’t ruining the blog, they are a great way to choose new posters, as they give the audience a chance to comment on which they like the most, afterall, it’s us that will be reading them!

    This post was well written and informative, but doesn’t strum up much discussion around the topic itself. Out of the other posts, shall we say some are better written than others, but my vote would go with the Top 5 players post. It’s easy to read and there’s enough to create a discussion, with facts and humour thrown in.