The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Tom Black­ett

player’ on the team sheet, they will only be per­mit­ted to name up to six sub­sti­tutes rather than the usual seven.

The changes, which aim to cre­ate a clearer path­way from clubs’ devel­op­ment pro­grammes into the pro­fes­sional game, were for­mally ap­proved at an EFL EGM in Lon­don fol­low­ing a meet­ing of all 72 clubs.

EFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Har­vey said: “I hope this lat­est com­mit­ment made by our clubs is fur­ther ev­i­dence of the EFL tak­ing the ini­tia­tive in look­ing for prac­ti­cal and ef­fec­tive mea­sures that can be in­tro­duced to help man­agers and coaches in the on­go­ing devel­op­ment of young play­ers.

“It is im­per­a­tive that we pro­vide young play­ers not only with a plat­form, but also with the be­lief that op­por­tu­ni­ties will be made avail­able to progress from youth to se­nior foot­ball.

“I am con­fi­dent that this de­ci­sion will have a pos­i­tive and last­ing im­pact on the fu­ture of foot­ball in this coun­try.” EFL clubs have shown their de­ter­mi­na­tion to in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties for young play­ers to progress by ap­prov­ing two propoals.

Firstly, clubs have agreed to in­crease the num­ber of ‘home grown play­ers’ on team sheets from six to seven in 2017/18.

Se­condly, there will be a re­quire­ment for at least one ‘club de­vel­oped player’ to be named on each team sheet for any EFL League game from the start of the 2018/19 sea­son.

A ‘home grown player’ is de­fined as a player who has been regis­tered with ei­ther his cur­rent club or a club af­fil­i­ated with the FA for a pe­riod of three sea­sons prior to his 21st birth­day.

A ‘club de­vel­oped player’ is a player who has been regis­tered with his club for a min­i­mum of 12 months prior to the end of his U19 sea­son.

Where a club does not name a ‘club de­vel­oped

BACK­ING: Shaun Har­vey

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