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Fifa have backed the 'six-plus-five' rule.

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Fifa has backed the 'six-plus-five' rule which aims to place restrictions on foreign players in a team.

The initiative could mean that Everton would only be allowed to field a total of five foreign players in a game at any one time.

Sepp Blatter, the president of football’s world governing body, wants to see the regulation put in place by the 2012/13 season.

Although many clubs in the Premier League will be severely affected by the ruling, David Moyes’ side will not.

Everton consistently fielded five or less non-English players throughout the 2007/08 campaign and in some cases - such as the first Uefa Cup clash with Metalist Kharkiv - named just three foreign players in the starting line-up.

Uefa defines 'home-grown players' as team members who, regardless of age or nationality, have trained with their club or by another club in the same country for at least three years between the ages of 15 and 21.

This would mean that although players such as Victor Anichebe and Lee Carsley play for national teams out side of their domestic club’s country, they would still be defined as a home-grown player.

Speaking at a press conference held in Australia last night, Blatter said: “It’s (the ‘six plus five’ rule) to make sure that there is better balance in the competitions and not only three or four teams in a league of 18 or 20 are fighting to be the champion and all the others are just there to not be relegated.

"As Kevin Keegan recently said: 'I can only start my season to fight to be fifth or sixth or seventh. It is impossible for me to go into the final four'.

"At the end of the Champions League in Europe you have in the quarter-finals four teams of the same association; in the semi-finals three of these teams.
 
"Then in the final you are surprised that you have two teams of the same association?

"We want to bring some remedies and this is the six-plus-five rule's objective."

Michael WardI have noticed a lot of hype around this has gone into the effect this would have on arsenal, but my understanding of this rule would mean that the likes of Fabregas would count towards being home grown as he was with arsenal for at least 3 years between the age of 15 and 21. Personally i am of the opinion that if you are good enough and in the academy you will come through. No club wants to go out and spend millions on a player if they can bring one through who is equally as good through the ranks. I think the main responses if this ruling came in would be; 1. English players would become more expensive again, as English clubs would be very reluctant to sell a decent English player. 2. More clubs would take the Arsenal approach and try to get the best youngsters from around the world on their books to get them home grown status after 3 years.

Sunday 1st June 16:14 Report Comment

david grindleythe big clubs will just change their transfer policy and make sure that they buy all the top young english players - because they can. The real problem is the distribution of money - until the prize money associated with the Champions League is reduced and is spread around the rest of the game - the other clubs don't really have a chance. UEFA along with the G14 (or whatever they are calling themselves now) have created this problem by creating the greedy, cash obsessed champions league

Sunday 1st June 09:58 Report Comment

Peter WilliamsIt makes sense to a point. Teams should (if possible)play homegrown player and ones they have developed, this can prove very effective, as we are doing and Man U wouldnt be where they are if it wasnt for their team that all came through together (the Nevilles, Beckham, Butt, Giggs) Yet at the same time teams like Chelsea and United have so much more money they still will just buy the homegrown stars and other clubs will suffer if they try bringing them up just to have to sell. Also as has been said before EU law stpos this (isnt that why they abolished it before?) Having said that clubs should work hard on their acadamies, if it works for us and United, the Hammers are quite good at it too, others could do it too if it wasnt for the fact they cant be bothered.

Saturday 31st May 12:10 Report Comment

Karl MeighanAll that this rule would do is make it a poorer premiership,if players are good enough they make it to the top,doesn't matter were you are born,has uefa and blatter never heard of quality not quantity.no coaching can turn a bad player into a good one,maybe you can bring the best out of a player but thats all down to attitude and pride in the shirt you are wearing.

Saturday 31st May 09:53 Report Comment

Jake KotzmanI think a good way to improve the national team would be to send some English lads abroad. All other countries have several national team players abroad, maybe it's time to spread the wings a bit.

Saturday 31st May 03:46 Report Comment

DAN HILLTHIS IS GREAT NEWS, IT MEANS THAT WE WILL ONLY SEE THE BEST FOREIGN PLAYERS IN THE PREMIERSHIP (JUST 5 IN EACH TEAM), WE WONT HAVE TO DO WITH AN AVERAGE PLAYER BECAUSE HE COSTS LESS THAN AN ENGLISHMEN. IT SHOULD EVEN BE IMPROVE THE NATIONAL TEAM. DESPITE WHAT HAS BEEN SAID ENGLISH PLAYERS ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO CHALLANGE FOR THE EUROPEAN AND WORLD CUPS THEY JUST NEED TO BE MANAGED BY SOMEONE WHO HAS THE FAINTEST IDEA WHAT FOOTBALL IS ABOUT (STEVE MCCLAREN). LESCOTT, JAGIELKA, VAUGHEN, JOHNSON, NEVILLE WE WOULD MOUNT A GOOD CHALLANGE TO THE TOP FOUR IF THIS RULE CAME IN WHAT WOULD CHELSEA, LIVERPOOL AND ARSENAL DO?.

Friday 30th May 20:23 Report Comment

Daniel SironThe theory behind the submission has plus points in that, theoretically, the National team should benefit. Being a sceptic, I would suggest that Blatter would not have tried to introduce this if two Italian teams, two Spanish teams or two German teams had played in the Euro final. He has gone on record previously trying to scupper English bids to hold events and I fear that this is driven by his animosity to English football and English teams. Could be beneficial and a great move but his motives are questionable.

Friday 30th May 19:14 Report Comment

Lee Summersnice idea, but what aload of tosh, could never put it into place freedom of movement and such things got to agree with bill p, all spainish or other country would not be a problem, reason is simple, prem league is the best in the world thats why every player wants to play in it it does worry me that home grown talent is not getting there chance, but regardless of place of birth/colour/creed if your good enough you play top 4 next season come on the boys

Friday 30th May 18:08 Report Comment

David FordI would be worried that holding on to our top home grown players may become a problem - the top four are an established lot with plenty of money to throw around - especially when it comes to home grown talent (as we have seen in the past). Anyone else think the same?

Friday 30th May 17:34 Report Comment

Richard HIf English players were good enough, they'd come through anyway. I want to see the best and the EU has rules regarding freedom of movement and work. It matters not one iota where someone was born, we are all human beings first.

Friday 30th May 15:46 Report Comment

Paul DownesIt's contrary to EU law and is a non-starter. Blatter can try to negotiate his way round that all he likes but it will get him nowhere. They will need to go with the home-grown players option and forget any mention of, "foreign players."

Friday 30th May 15:33 Report Comment

Adam Belli support it personally it would probably be the time that we take over liverpool as we have one of the best youth academys in the country the likes of vaughan, rooney, anichebe, osman, hibbert all have been 1st team players for us and osman and hibbert look set to finish there career with us

Friday 30th May 14:41 Report Comment

Thomas DaviesI agree with Bill Pappert from the previous comment. But I think the idea would be an excellent 1 if it was the whole of the UK not just England. Because such a rule would hit Wales and Scotland severely. As a supporter of Wales and Ireland, it does sound quite worrying to me, as both nations are just now starting to build an international future. I'm from Liverpool and the last few years I've dreamed of playing alot more local talent such as Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert.

Friday 30th May 14:24 Report Comment

Mark GrantCouldn't agree more, Bill. When the 'same assocation' he talks about is the English FA, he brings in new rules to stop our best teams showing the other Europeans up. I'm just glad Davey Moyes sticks with a lot of home-grown boys. The only issue for us will be when big-money offers for our Best-of-British lads start to come in. Long term it will be good for the national team though, with more experience brit lads in the Prem.

Friday 30th May 14:24 Report Comment

Bill PappertPart of me wonders if this newfound fervour for home-grown players comes from a European anti-England or anti-Britain attitude. After all, I don't recall nearly this level of urgency after all-Spanish or all-Italian CL finals.

Friday 30th May 13:46 Report Comment
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