EFL rubber stamp three-year extention of EFL Futures
The EFL are wrapping up the inaugural Youth Development Week, and have announced the extension to their EFL Futures project.
The campaign will run until the end of the 2021/22 campaign, The £1m per season initiative gives EFL clubs the remuneration incentive to give home grown talent increased first team opportunities.
The announcement comes on the back of increased coverage of the work that the clubs and the EFL are doing to increase the development of the Countries best young players.
Since its launch in December 2016, EFL clubs are compensated for giving home grown players (under 21's) a starting place in EFL matches.
These players must also be eligible to play for England (also Wales, Swansea City and Newport County).
The inauguration of the Club Developed Player rule was implemented at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.
The programme encourages teams to incorporate a minimum of one club developed player on their teamsheet for competitive league matches this alongside the number of home grown players that need to be included from six to seven.
EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “I am delighted we have been able to confirm a significant extension to a campaign which provides EFL Clubs with a tangible, financial reward for providing young players with first team opportunities.
“The announcement comes at the end of a week of raising awareness of a key strategic aim of the EFL, to create more and better home grown players. Clubs invest over £90million a year into Youth Development programmes and are supported centrally by regulatory interventions.”
Starting appearances for young English players has risen by 15% for the first time since 2017 in the Championship, with a quarter of registered EFL players eligible.
There have been almost 1,500 starting opportunities so far this season for 169 young English players across all three EFL divisions.