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FA 'keen to keep cut non-homegrown allocation to 13 players per club'

FA 'keen to keep cut non-homegrown allocation to 13 players per club'
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Governing body wants English talent to flourish.

The Football Association is pushing for the number of non-homegrown players to be restricted to 13 per Premier League club, even if Brexit does not come to pass.

The vote to leave the European Union has led to the relevant bodies meeting to discuss the knock-on impact on football.

The FA, Premier League and EFL are in talks about post-Brexit regulations after being asked by government to come up with a joint view on policy.

Current top-flight clubs are permitted to have up to 17 non-homegrown players, but Press Association Sport understands the FA is proposing that drops to 13 in a 25-man squad – something the governing body would like to push through even if there is a longer transition period or second referendum.

The plan aims to maintain the Premier League's current quality while offering more opportunities for homegrown talent, considering England-qualified starters are down to 30 per cent at a time when Gareth Southgate's national team are on the rise.

It is understood that the FA's proposal was met by initial resistance from the top-flight clubs when chief executive Martin Glenn spoke at last week's Premier League shareholders' meeting.

Talks are ongoing and the path to an overarching policy agreement is unclear.

The existing system has been in place since 2011 and a steady increase in non-homegrown players meant Premier League squads had 270 in total at the start of the 2018-19 season.

That averages at around 13 non-homegrown players per squad and the FA intends to keep that level, while creating a fully-open market to allow the best access to talent across the world to join.

Currently non-European players require Governing Body Endorsement, meaning a number of African, Asian and South American talents have failed to get work permits.

The current Brexit no deal solution would see GBE applied for European players as well. The system is run by the FA with Home Office approval and research shows 65 per cent of the Premier League's current European players would not have made it through GBE.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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