December 18, 2017

Home grown rule will not save our World Cup hopes

Posted on August 6, 2010 by in England, English Premier League, FIFA World Cup, Home Grown Talent

The home grown player rule will help Britain’s next World Cup attempt but is it enough?

Press recently about the ‘home grown’ players rule has been mixed. The home grown players rule is basically a quota that will apply to the Premier League only. Premier League clubs must name a squad of 25 players. Eight of which must have been trained in England or Wales for three years. 

On the face of it this rule looks great for promoting home grown talent at the grass roots level.  An unlimited number of under 21 players are allowed in the squad which add to this.  After coming up through a youth academy Wayne Rooney has stated his support for the initiative, ” vital to the future of England and the Premier League” Wayne said. 

This is exactly right.  The national team needs a boost and fresh talent if they’re going to have a chance at future World Cup tournaments.  Another plus point to the new ruling is that it should spice up the transfer market.

However, some important points have been left out of the press releases.  The rule states players must have been playing in the UK for at least 3 years.  So the players don’t actually have to be English.  Any foreign players already playing her for three years apply.  But, it’s a step in the right direction.

The Premier League has also boosted youth development by increasing the amount of coaching hours at academies.  Hopefully the second step in this process will be to alter the rule so that it applies only to English players.  Something we can possibly expect over the coming years.