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Homegrown plan wins approval
Thursday, 21 April 2005
Europe's national football associations have approved UEFA's proposals on the local training of players at the XXIX Ordinary UEFA Congress in Tallinn, Estonia today.

Essential for football
The presidents of UEFA's 52 member associations also issued a declaration endorsing UEFA's proposals. They insisted that the training and development of young players was essential for football's well-being, to provide talent in each European country and also help increase the quality of, and competition between national teams.

Part to play
"The training and development of young players is of crucial importance to the future of football. Every football club in every national football association should play a part in this process," the declaration said.

Local talent
"Football clubs have an important social and educational role in their local communities, in their regions, and in their countries. In this context, the nurturing of local talent is not only beneficial for football as a sport. It is also beneficial for society as a whole.

Sporting contest
"UEFA recognises that finance plays an important part in football today. But football should not be a mere financial contest. It should above all be a sporting contest. This sporting element means that every club must accept some responsibility for training, and not rely solely on acquiring those players who were trained by others.

Pool of talent
"Training should be encouraged in every national member association of UEFA. This will, in turn, help to provide a pool of playing talent in every European country and can also help to increase the quality of, and competition between, national teams."

Consultation process
UEFA's proposals on local training of players were issued recently, following an extensive consultation process with all of the major stakeholders in European football. The regulations would apply to future UEFA club competitions, and UEFA has also asked its associations to consider applying the same rule to their domestic tournaments.

Academy plan
Under the proposals, the 'A' list that teams submit for UEFA club competitions would continue to be limited to 25 players, and from season 2006/07, at least two places on this list would be reserved for players trained by a club's own academy with a further two places for players trained by other clubs from within the same association of the said club.

Extra places
In the following two seasons, one additional place for a club-trained player and one additional place for an association-trained player would be reserved on the 'A' list, so that by the 2008/09 campaign, each club would have in its 25-man squad four club trained and four association-trained players.

Better balance
UEFA is concerned that some clubs are not training enough of their own players, but simply taking them from elsewhere. The measures have the objective of creating a better balance in domestic competitions, preventing clubs from simply 'hoarding' players in squads and creating a system whereby
locally-trained players would be given a greater opportunity to play regularly in club sides - thereby guaranteeing a large reservoir of talent for national teams.

'Fundamental importance'
"It is a matter of fundamental importance for the future of football," UEFA vice-president Per Ravn Omdal told the Congress in Tallinn. "We have to improve the quality of player training - and after a consultation process on our proposals, we believe that a broad consensus has emerged.

'Future of football'
"UEFA has a responsibility to deal with the issue to safeguard the future of football. Not enough is being done to train young players."

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http://www.uefa.com/uefa/news/Kind=128/newsId=297230.html
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What's your view on this matter?

My opinion is that it can become a double-edged sword. Even though it's great to see big teams actually produce OWN talents they still fill an important purpose to another small teams existence. Alot of (small) teams support themselves by selling players. That's their one way to finance the club. What cause will it have for those kind of clubs?
 

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Not much, they can still sell players off. It just means they might have to have more average squad players.
 

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It's good for smaller clubs or eastern european clubs who have trouble keeping their side together for more than one or 2 seasons. I'd be confident that this way the Serbian league could definitiely benefit and have a CL representative, then again I fear that the big clubs will find a way of getting round the rule.
 

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It's a step in the right direction, but it's still just 8/25. I guess UEFA is doing this in order to make it easy for the big clubs to accept while still hoping it would make an impact. I'd prefer the number to be higher but then we'd have the danger of the big clubs signing every single 14yr old they'd see potential in and that would an even bigger disaster. Hopefully this way it won't be a big deal for the big spenders and they'll just accept the rule.
 

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I think this rule will help european football to compete against South American nations in the WC. We are buying too many foreign players...at least our youngers should deserve some opportunities for showing his abilities
 
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