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Premier League plot a youth revolution in English football

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Premier League plot a youth revolution in English football

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/fo...t-a-youth-revolution-in-English-football.html

The Premier League is planning a radical overhaul of youth development that will see the end of reserve team football.

The scheme aims to free up the movement of young players and will set up of an independent standards authority which will monitor and rank the academies of clubs across the country.
The Premier League is planning a radical overhaul of youth development that will see the end of reserve team football, a freeing up of the movement of young players and the setting up of an independent standards authority which will monitor and rank the academies of clubs across the country.

The Elite Player Performance Plan will be the most significant study of how to develop young footballers since Howard Wilkinson’s Charter for Quality 13 years ago.
With Uefa’s rules on Financial Fair Play coming into force in 2013 and the Premier League’s demand that each club have eight home-grown players in their squad, English clubs are investing in youth recruitment and coaching more than ever before, as they seek to create a sustainable long term model.
The EPPP will encourage clubs to develop their own players and seeks to raise the overall standard of players developed in the English system — which should have positive long-term effect on the England national team.

One of the most significant changes will be to get rid of reserve team football and replace it with an Under-21 development league.
The idea is to create a competitive environment for young players that the reserve league does not currently provide. There will be dispensation for a restricted number of overage players to be part of the squad.

Participation in the league will be mandatory for Premier League clubs.
The second important development will be the creation of an independent authority to grade academies, much like the one that operates in the German Bundesliga.
The body will be created this summer and will, from next season, begin to grade academies with a mark of one to four, with grade one academies being the best.
Centre of Excellences will disappear. In the long term this would facilitate the movement of players up the academy food chain — a development that will doubtless meet resistance from the Football League.

There have also been discussions about the loosening of the rule that youth players must live within a 90 minute commute of their club.
Some Premier League executives have questioned if the rule would stand up to legal challenge and there have been talks about creating a new rule that would allow the best players to join the best academies, if they so choose.
The EPPP goes in front of the Premier League’s shareholders on Feb 3 and the new rules are expected to be voted through at the AGM in June, in time to be implemented next season.

The plan has been put together by the Premier League’s youth development group which is made up of Ged Roddy (Premier League director of youth), Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal chief executive), Brian McClair (Manchester United Academy director), Neil Bath (Chelsea Academy director), Jez Moxey (Wolves chief executive), Terry Westley (Birmingham Academy director), Duncan Riddle (Aston Villa’s Head of Community) and Mike Foster (Premier League General Secretary).
 
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Seems like a very good idea that will help the English game
 
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Sounds like a good idea but IMO what would make it more worthwhile is for it to mean something ie prizemoney for these kids. Not so much for the kids in the premier league and championship clubs who are probably on wages that'd put mum & dad's pay packet to shame but for the youths who are in small clubs who are on very basic contracts. Doesn't have to be millions but just a little incentive for these kids.
 
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I dont think U21 league would be any better than reserve league. Follow the Spain policy, making B teams to play in lower leagues. That would help a lot in developing youngster.
 
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won't have a big impact, they have to restructure everything to follow in spain's footsteps
 
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seems a decent idea, not much difference made but early signs seem to be good, it would be better if B Teams could play in the lower leagues like Spain as sunild mentioned
 
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It's a good idea and thanks for posting it. :)

However, would the over 21's be made to sit in the first team and get no footballing experience, or have I missed something?
 
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It's a good idea and thanks for posting it. :)

However, would the over 21's be made to sit in the first team and get no footballing experience, or have I missed something?
dispensation for a few over-age players to be in the league, assume the rest must be in the 25 man squad. At least it will prevent overbloated sqauds
 
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