February 04, 2005

UEFA to implement a home-quota rule?: The Telegraph is reporting that UEFA have ruled that by the 2008 season, clubs playing in European competitions must field at least eight home-grown players in their 25-man squad, 4 of which must have come from each team's own training/development squad. Of the 32 sides in last season's Champions League, five clubs would not have had enough home-grown players to satisfy UEFA's new rule. They were Arsenal, Chelsea, Celtic, Rangers and Ajax. (via the Sports Economist - which has some additional links and commentary)

posted by Ufez Jones to soccer at 03:44 PM - 8 comments

Oh my word, can you imagine what would happen to Celtic if they were forced to use Scottish players?!

posted by afx237vi at 04:19 PM on February 04

Afx, the rule is not about nationality but where the player was trained so Celtic and Rangers can go get 13-14 year olds from wherever and sign them for their academy. This does not overrule Bosman and other existing nationality based eligibility rules. I think it's a decent idea given it mainly (or at least to start with) applies to the top clubs, helps fight stockpiling and perhaps returns a bit of player-city loyalty.

posted by billsaysthis at 06:17 PM on February 04

so the english teams are against this while there re is news about moving the 2006 FA Cup final to a Wednesday so that Sven can have a more time to prepare his team for the World Cup. And how many players from Sven's squad will be playing in the FA Cup? At most I'd say 4 or 5, but it would probably be less than that... If Celtic were "forced" to use Scottish players then they'd just be buying all the good Scottish players from the SPL rather than importing middling players from elsewhere. They'd probably still run away with the SPL (or battle with the Rangers) and get plonked out of the CL early. No difference, just more Scottish.

posted by gspm at 08:52 PM on February 04

It's about time something like this happened. Maybe if MLS implemeted a rule similar to this regarding nationalities, soccer would gain some popularity in the states.

posted by DaGeneral at 04:01 PM on February 05

MLS does have rules regarding national origin, which came up for discussion when Chivas (Mexico) bought the new franchise in LA. People wondered if they would ask for or receive an exemption, as the parent club is known for never signing a non-Mexican. But if they did make a formal request, I never heard about it and they are playing under the same roster rules as the other 11 squads albeit with a significant number of players of Hispanic extraction.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:54 PM on February 05

I agree with this...

posted by StarFucker at 02:54 AM on February 06

I agree with this... Which, the new homegrown rule? Why?

posted by billsaysthis at 05:33 PM on February 06

Because I like to see local boys playing at their clubs...

posted by StarFucker at 12:40 PM on February 07

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