New post-Brexit transfer rules that will affect Premier League and EFL clubs have been confirmed.
One of the major changes will mean clubs cannot sign overseas players under the age of 18 once the United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union at the end of this year.
And clubs will also be restricted to three overseas signings under the age of 21 from January, and only six foreign players per season.
The Football Association, Premier League, EFL have agreed a framework with the Home Office for EU players to move to English football on a points basis decided by a Governing Body Endorsement panel.
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The changes will be implemented in the January 2021 transfer window and reviewed ahead of the summer 2021 transfer window.
The FA said in a statement: “The FA, the Premier League and EFL have come together to agree a plan for entry requirements for overseas players post Brexit.
“Football’s Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) proposal was submitted to the Government last month by the FA, as the governing body for football, and has now been approved by The Home Office.
“The criteria will provide the framework for Premier League and EFL clubs to sign overseas players when the UK leaves the European Union (EU) after 31 December 2020.
“Post Brexit, clubs will not be able to sign players freely from the EU. Players from EU countries who want to play in the Premier League or EFL will be required to gain a GBE, like all other overseas players without the right to work in the UK.”
The GBE will operate a points-based system, where points are scored for senior and talented young players based on:
* Senior and youth international appearances
* Quality of the selling club, based on the league they are in, league position and progression in continental competition
* Club appearances, based…