FA and Premier League agree on points-based transfer system following Brexit

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The new rules regarding player transfers that are to be ushered in after the UK leave the European Union are set to potentially have a major impact on Tottenham’s transfer plans as well as those of other British clubs.

As reported by Sky Sports, the Football Association and Premier League have agreed on a point-based system for signing players from within the EU after the Brexit transition period is complete.

This means that after January 1, when the UK officially exits the EU, clubs will not be allowed to sign players freely from other EU countries, with the players having to obtain a GBE, like all other overseas players without the right to work in the UK.

The GBE will operate in a points-based system where points will be granted based on factors like the number of international caps the player has won, quality of the selling club and the league they are in as well as domestic and European club appearances.

The report reveals that those who fall short of the required amount of points could be considered by an exceptions panel.

Perhaps more importantly, the new rules also mean that Premier League clubs will not be able to sign players from overseas if they are less than 18 years of age.

It is claimed that the number of overseas Under-21 players a club can sign will also be limited to three in the January transfer window and six per season.

Spurs Web Opinion

The rule-change concerning players singed from EU countries requiring a GBE is not likely to affect Tottenham or the other Premier League clubs since these clubs primarily go for established stars who are proven in other divisions. The rule change with respect to signing players under 18 is going to have a much bigger impact as it is going to stop the likes of Chelsea from stockpiling their academy with young talent from around the world.

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