Another rule change has come out of this afternoon's Football League EGM, in addition to the change concerning substitutes announced earlier today. The 'Home Grown' rule that was introduced for the start of the 2009-10 season, has now been enhanced.
Whilst the 2009-10 rule required clubs to field at least four 'home grown' players in their matchday squads, that number has now been raised to six players for the start of the 2011-12 season. In practice this rule change will be of irrelevance to Yeovil Town, and for the very large majority of League One clubs, with only some of the more cosmopolitan Championship clubs perhaps finding it an issue.
The 'home grown' rule does not relate to a player's nationality, but to the country where he received his youth development. For a player to qualify as 'home grown' he must have been registered domestically for a minimum of three seasons before their 21st birthday. Our assumption is that to cater for the Welsh clubs operating in the pyramid structure that this extends to both English clubs, and Welsh clubs that are part of the English pyramid system.
The two other rule changes for the 2011-12 season that have come out of recent Football League meetings can be read via the links below.
Link: Bye Bye Multi-Ball.
Link: Football League Reverse Seven Substitute Rule.
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