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New Premier League transfer rules confirmed as clubs learn post-Brexit regulations

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Premier League clubs will have to get used to new transfer regulations post-Brexit
Premier League clubs will have to get used to new transfer regulations post-Brexit (Picture: Getty)

Football Authorities have agreed a plan of entry requirements for overseas players with the Government under the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit system.

The Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League submitted a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) proposal last month, which has now been approved by The Home Office.

The criteria will provide the framework for clubs to sign overseas players when the UK leaves the European Union after December 31.

Premier League clubs will no longer be able to sign foreign youngsters under the age of 18 after after post-Brexit transfer rules were confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Clubs will also be restricted to just three overseas signings under the age of 21 from January onwards, and only six foreign players per season moving forwards.

Premier League clubs will find it increasingly difficult to compete for the signings of young players
Premier League clubs will find it increasingly difficult to compete for the signings of young players (Picture: Getty)

Post Brexit, players from EU countries will be required to gain a GBE, like the work-permit system for other overseas players.

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The GBE will operate a points system based on senior and youth international appearances, club appearances and the quality of the selling club and its league.

Players accumulating the requisite amount of points will earn a GBE automatically, while players just below the threshold may be considered for a GBE by an Exceptions Panel.

Richard Masters, the Premier League’s chief executive, said: ‘The Premier League has worked with the FA to come to an agreement to ensure no part of Brexit should damage the success of the Premier League, or the prospects of the England teams.

‘We welcome the news that the Home Office has approved the Governing Body Endorsement plan for the January 2021 transfer window.

‘Continuing to be able to recruit the best players will see the Premier League remain competitive and compelling and the solution will complement our player development philosophy of the best foreign talent alongside the best homegrown players.

‘Following the January transfer window, we look forward to reviewing the agreement with the FA.’

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