Britain officially left the European Union from February 1, 2020. A new era opened up with a lot of changes in the rules in the future relationship of England in all areas. English football is also facing great challenges with the workforce turned upside down.
With the United Kingdom out of the European Union, the English national football championship, the Premier League is at a crossroads. The Premier League is Europe’s most lucrative tournament, beyond the sport and becoming the most watched entertainment industry in the world, first of all thanks to the contribution of players from around the world.
Two thirds of internal players has gone to foreign football teams
More than 330 foreign players currently play for 20 Premier League clubs, which accounts for 65% of the Premier League’s population. The majority of the foreign players mentioned above come from countries in the European Union, enjoying the common community status.
While England was a member of the European Union, they played football in England without having to apply for a work permit on the basis of the general rules of the free circulation of property and people.
But from now on when Brexit is a reality, the game will change. Non-English players will need to apply for a work permit. The legal procedures as well as the criteria for obtaining a license to play football in the UK are very strict and complicated.
Players who want to play in England must prove they do not occupy the labor market of the English players and they must be players who have had a certain number of caps for their country’s national team or they must Gain a certain value in the transfer market.
In addition, the UEFA European Football Association also stipulates in a match that only 5 players outside the European Union can register to play. Previously, players from the Union who came to England to play football were considered domestic players.
The rule has allowed Arsenal or Manchester City clubs to launch the starting line-up without any English players. This situation is now over. EU players are now classified as foreign players like other countries. Besides, they must comply with the quota of 5 players per game.
Such changes will upset the staff of the clubs and affect the quality of the Premier League, the most attractive football tournament on the planet and the most money in the world. The English national football championship is the most widely televised tournament in the world with huge TV royalties.