Player migration and opportunity: examining the efficacy of the UEFA home-grown rule in six European football leagues.

BULLOUGH, Steven, MOORE, Richard, GOLDSMITH, Simon and EDMONDSON, Lee (2016). Player migration and opportunity: examining the efficacy of the UEFA home-grown rule in six European football leagues. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 11 (5), 662-672.

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Abstract

The introduction of UEFAs home-grown rule occurred for the start of the 2006–2007 season with the full quota in place from the 2008–2009 season, which imposed quotas on European clubs. From 2008, clubs are required to have at least 8 players classified as home-grown in the 25-player squad, up from 4 in 2006–2007 and 6 in 2007–2008. This study examines the efficacy of this rule across the six major European leagues (England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy and Spain) in relation to playing opportunities (minutes played and appearances) between 1999 and 2015. This was also examined in relation to age. Since the home-grown rule was introduced for the six nations hosting the major leagues, the rule had different impacts by nationality. Only Germany saw significant increases in the proportion of minutes played by their players when comparing the periods before and after the home-grown rules were imposed. Holland, albeit seeing a slight decrease overall, saw significant increases for playing time for under 21s and 22- to 25-year olds. England and Italy were the two nations where statistically significant decreases in indigenous playing opportunities were recorded since the home-grown rules were introduced.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sport Industry Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1177/1747954116667104
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 13:42
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 22:10
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12628

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