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  • Updated: June 14, 2023

FA Approves Clubs To Sign Players Who Don't Meet GBE Requirements

FA Approves Clubs To Sign Players Who Don't Meet GBE Require

Mark Bullingham

The Football Association (FA) announced on Wednesday that English clubs will now have the opportunity to sign a specified number of players who do not meet the points requirements for work permits.

The new Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) Criteria, approved by the interior ministry, will come into effect on June 14th, coinciding with the opening of the transfer window. This development will enable Premier League and Championship teams to sign up to four such players, while League One and League Two teams will be permitted to sign two.

While the majority of players coming to England from overseas will still be subject to the existing points-based system, the introduction of the new criteria will grant additional access to international talent that falls outside the current GBE requirements.

This move aims to strike a balance between attracting top-class players from abroad and nurturing homegrown talent.

Mark Bullingham, the Chief Executive of the FA, expressed the organization's commitment to meeting the diverse objectives of football stakeholders.

Bullingham stated, "As English football's governing body, we oversee the whole football ecosystem, and we wanted to create a new model which would meet the different objectives of our football stakeholders. We worked closely with the clubs and the leagues, and have designed a progressive solution which will give clubs additional access to international talent and incentivize playing opportunities for English talent."

In addition to the changes in visa criteria, both the Premier League and the English Football League (EFL) have pledged to collaborate with the FA to enhance the development pathway for talented young English players.

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