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English Football News FA To Cut Number Of Non-European Players By 50% In 2015

In a bid to help young English players grow and its 2022 World Win quest, the FA is pushing to reduce the number of non European players by 50%, which it says qwould help fizzle out 'mediocre' players

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Greg Dyke, English FA Chairman play

Greg Dyke, English FA Chairman

(BBC Sport)

English media reportthat the English FA is currently on a draft to reduce the number of Non-European players in the Barclays Premiership to 50%, a situation that would drastically affect the EPL in international frontiers

Earlier in the year, The FA’s England commission called for a whole reform to reduce the 'mediocre' imports that its clubs were buying into the leagues

The Proposed draft has already been sent to the Premier League, the Football League and the players' and managers' unions.

Other British colonies; Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are also said to be in talks with the English FA to adopt the system into their own football

Statistical analysis show that a total of 122 non-EU were plying their trade  from 2009 till last season

BBC reports that the new system called the Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) was initiated by UK’s Home Office in 2008, in an attempt to manage the number of visas issued out to footballers from countries outside the European Union.

The Draft states that the issuance of Visa would be for Sportspersons "who are internationally established at the highest level whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level in the UK" 

The overall motive for this approach is to the FA’s desire to reduce the number of international players in England who they claim have prevented young English footballers from developing and with the country in a quest to win the 2022 World Cup, it needs to get rid of all obstacles to give their young players a chance

The FA chairman, Greg  Dyke said back in May: "122 non-EU players have entered England under the GBE scheme since 2009.

"Nearly 50% didn't meet the current criteria and came through an appeal process in which 79% of appellants have been successful.

"Remarkably, only 58% given work visas to play in the Premier League play any football in that league in the second season after their arrival.

"Our proposal to tighten the entry and appeals criteria for non-EU player immigration will create a necessary constraint that will encourage more considered and valuable player acquisitions from outside the EU."

The FA hopes the system will come into effect during the 2015/2016 season

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