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EFL Announce New Measure To Support Academy Starlets

EFL Announce New Measure To Support Academy Starlets

The English Football League has announced that clubs will have to name at least one “club-developed” player in their match-day squads from the start of the 2018-19 season, in a new measure designed help more players make the transition from academy to first team football.

A club-developed player is defined as one who has been registered to the club for at least a year before the end of his under-19 season. The new rules were agreed following a meeting of all 72 EFL clubs.

“I am confident that this decision will have a positive and lasting impact,” said EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey.

“It is imperative that we provide young players not only with a platform, but also with the belief that opportunities will be made available to progress from youth to senior football.”

Teams have previously had to include six home-grown players, defined as those registered with a club in England or Wales for three seasons, or 36 months, before their 21st birthday.

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