Premier League, EFL and FA agree on post-Brexit transfers … with clubs having to meet governing body approval threshold through a points system to bring in players from European Union countries
- The FA, Premier League and EFL have agreed a plan for players after Brexit
- The three authorities have outlined the requirements that a player must meet in order to participate
- After Brexit, clubs will not be able to freely sign players from the European Union
- Instead, those EU players need a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE), which will work as a points-based system currently in place for non-EU players
The Football Association, Premier League and EFL have reached an agreement on a plan to make players eligible after Brexit.
Sportsmail revealed last month that an agreement in principle had been reached on access to foreign talent for the January transfer window and that the three agencies were awaiting the Home Office signing.
That confirmation came on Tuesday and in a joint statement, the FA, Premier League and EFL stated that clubs can no longer freely sign players from the European Union.
Players from EU countries must achieve a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE), which will currently operate as a points-based system for non-EU players.
There are three criteria for senior and youth players who earn points for their application.
- International performances for seniors and young people
- Quality of the selling club, based on the league they are in, position in the league and progression in continental competition
- Club performances based on minutes of the national league and continental leagues
Players who meet the required threshold are automatically eligible for a GBE, and there is also an exceptions panel for those who just fall short.
A statement on behalf of the FA, Premier League and EFL stated that the plan ensures that they can all achieve “ joint goals ” to both continue to house the best talent in Europe while protecting the opportunities for homegrown players.
More to follow.