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Understanding UEFA's Roster Rules

There has been much debate and confusion among fellow members regarding UEFA's squad registration rules for Champion League football. The greatest confusion seems to come from how we (mis)understand UEFA's definition of a "club-trained" player and who qualifies for the so-called List-B.

Let me attempt to define a few terms as best as I can. Of course, my understanding could be wrong, but I've made some effort to actually do some research.

Locally Trained Players

A "locally trained player" is either a "club-trained player" or an "association-trained player".

Oh, ok, that's not helping much. Let's break it down further.

A "club-trained player" is a player who, between the age of 15 (or the start of the season during which he turns 15) and 21 (or the end of the season during which he turns 21), and irrespective of his nationality and age, has been registered with his current club for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons (i.e. a period starting with the first official match of the relevant national championship and ending with the last official match of that relevant national championship) or of 36 months.

That sounds straight forward, but having read some of the comments here, it's clearly not as straightforward as it sounds. The word "registered" is a bit confusing. For example, was Kalas registered with Chelsea last season? Not according to UEFA. He was registered with Vitesse. Whether you and I agree with UEFA's rather narrow definition is irrelevant, they make the rules, Kalas will never be club-trained (nor association-trained).

Let's move along:

An "association-trained player" is a player who, between the age of 15 (or the start of the season during which the player turns 15) and 21 (or the end of the season during which the player turns 21), and irrespective of his nationality and age, has been registered with a club or with other clubs affiliated to the same association as that of his current club for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or of 36 months.

That doesn't need any clarification, seriously. It's basically how the FA defines a "homegrown" player.

List B

Each club is entitled to register an unlimited number of players on List B during the season.

Ok, that's nice since we have so many good U21 players in the academy. We can also register van Ginkel and Lukaku in List B, right? Not so fast!

A player may be registered on List B if he is born on or after 1 January 1991 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday by the time he is registered with UEFA.

Clearly, neither van Ginkel nor Lukaku have been with Chelsea for a "period of two years since his 15th birthday".

"But Lukaku has been a Chelsea player for 2.5 years now", you say. Well, 1 year he was with West Brom and 6 months he was with Anderlecht. Remember, a player that is loaned out is not being trained by the parent club.

Now the fun part

Let's now take the squad that's going on the US Tour and classify each player.

Player

"Locally-Trained" Status

Blackman

List-B

Terry

Club-Trained

Cole

Association-Trained

Cahill

Association-Trained

Bertrand

Association-Trained

Lampard

Association-Trained

Moses

Association-Trained

Cech

Foreign

Schwarzer

Foreign

Ivanovic

Foreign

Luiz

Foreign

Azpilicueta

Foreign

Kalas

Foreign

Essien

Foreign

Ramires

Foreign

Oscar

Foreign

Obi Mikel

Foreign

De Bruyne

Foreign

van Ginkel

Foreign

Hazard

Foreign

Mata

Foreign

Torres

Foreign

Schurrle

Foreign

Lukaku

Foreign*

Ba

Foreign

*Lukaku will turn into an Association-Trained player at the end of the season.

Please correct me where you think I'm misunderstanding the rules. Debate, discuss, do whatever, but this matter must be settled once and for all.

This FanPost was contributed by a member of the community and was not subject to any sort of approval process. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions held by the editors of this site.

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