This is a post outlining the status of our squad and the players, it will be looking at the squad restrictions that include home-grown player status in the Premier League and the Champions League. First, we need to look at the rules.
Here are the new rules for the Premier League, set out recently by Greg Dyke:
- A player will have to have been registered with his club from the age of 15 - down from 18 - to qualify as 'home-grown'.
- The minimum number of home-grown players in a club's first-team squad of 25 will increase from eight to 12, phased over four years from 2016.
- At least two home-grown players must also be 'club-trained' players - defined as any player, irrespective of nationality, that has been registered for three years at their club from the age of 15.
So for the 2015/16 season we will still be allowed 17 non home-grown players. We are also allowed any number of Under 21 players. A player will qualify as Under 21 for the 2015/16 season if he was born on or after January 1st 1994. So now we have the information about how the player statuses work, let's look at our squad situation (the statuses applied refer to what they will be next season):
So with our current squad of players, we have 2 free non HG slots in the Premier League. We need to look at the Champions League rules before deciding how we stand, though.
The Champions League has slightly different squad rules. You are still only allowed 17 non HG players however the 8 HG players are made up of 4 association trained and 4 club trained players. If you have more than 4 association trained players, the extra ones count as non HG. A player counts as club trained if he has spent a period of at least three years at the club up to and including the season in which he turns 21. A player counts as association trained if he has spent a period of at least three years at a club in England or Wales up to and including the season in which he turns 21.
The Under 21 rules are different too. Here, you have a B List of an unlimited amount.
A player may be registered on List B if he is born on or after 1 January  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. Players aged 16 may be registered on List B if they have been registered with the participating club for the previous two years without interruption.
This means that Kurt Zouma, who qualifies as Under 21 under Premier League rules, must be placed on List A as a non HG player because he has not been registered at the club for two years. Let's take a look at the whole squad:
I have prioritised List B over Club trained or Association trained if they qualify for both. This shows we have 1 free non HG spot and 2 Association trained spots free.
From this, we can take that our squad situation looks pretty healthy at the moment, especially when you consider our tough position last summer. With Cech leaving, we can add two non HG players and we will be within all rules.