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EFL clubs agree to matchday squad rule change

EFL clubs have agreed to rule changes that will mean more home-grown players as well as club developed player will have to be named in their matchday squad.

The rule change will be in place from the start of the 2018/19 season. Current rules state each matchday squad must have at least six home-grown players but that will change to seven from the start of the 2018/19 season.

In addition to this each club must now have at least one club developed player in their matchday squad. The EFL have defined a club-developed player as a player who has been registered to the club for at least one year before the end of his under-19 season.

 "I am confident that this decision will have a positive and lasting impact," said EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey.

He added "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."

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