Premier League to review the number of non-homegrown players in squads
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Premier League to review the number of non-homegrown players in squads

The FA and the Premier League have begun talks on reviewing the homegrown players in clubs ahead of the 2021/22 season. 

The United Kingdom's exit from the European Union has led to the talks as the country negotiates and adapts to different laws and rules. 

Media reports had indicated that the FA was looking at reducing the number of foreign players in squads and increase the number of homegrown players by January 2021, in line with UK's Home Office requirement that footballers meet the same work permit conditions as any other foreign worker.

Currently, in the Premier League, up to 17 non-homegrown players can be included in a first-team squad.

The FA revealed earlier this year that they were 'proactively trying to mitigate and leverage' the 'risks and opportunities' presented by Brexit.

Last season, Chelsea debuted eight homegrown players in all competition during the 2019-20 season. At Arsenal,  Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah have impressed, while at Old Trafford Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood in particular have received widespread praise.

In total, the Premier League saw a 52% increase in minutes played by homegrown players under the age of 23 compared to last season.

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